I'm sorry I think I am valuing the habitat more than you realize. Historically these types of habitats would be burned almost annually due to forest fires. The arrival of humans upset that balance by preventing the fires and so the trees were "allowed" to take over areas where they would not have been normally. The S. alata were very likely there in the first place and have more of a "right" to exist there than the trees.Originally Posted by [b
The ringing of the trees may sound drastic but only if you do not actually know the history of the habitat. This same technique has been used by conservation groups to restore other threatened Sarracenia habitats (most notably the S, montana bogs in GA). And there are similar conservation groups that do controlled burns for the same reason.
So it is not "Poor trees. So many years of growing just to be sacrificed for some etiolated S. alatas that probably shouldn't be there in the first place."
It should be:
Poor S. alata. Being chocked out of their rightful habitat by trees because people had to come in and screw up the whole ecosystem.