It is interesting to me how people speak out so strongly and emotionally against the behavior of people/places like Jim P from Peter-Paul's Nursery, or how involved a discussion of the "legalities" of field collecting of specific plants gets, etc.
AVOIDING ALL OF THAT (save it for elsewhere please, unless it pertains specifically), I would like to know everyone's OPINION of field collecting plants/materials, and whether you think it is ethical behavior for us to support... and if so, where you think the "line" should be drawn.
I realize there are entire industries collecting peat, sand, etc. and I am NOT referring to businesses so much as I am to our own TF members. I am wanting to know what kind of people are here, loving and growing CP's, and sometimes even loving and respecting its environment. Where do YOU stand on this matter. And as a TF member, what do you want and expect from fellow members? (Even if you are young and haven't given this any thought at all, speak up and say so!)
Is it only the law that guides you?, or do your think for yourself and have your own opinion about this? If you support this freedom of field collecting, where do you draw the line? (I am interested in that also.)
Again, be specific as you can, and also if you have ways that you deal with this situation, share those too. (Like people did when they discovered what Peter Paul's was like!)
Please keep this to YOUR opinions. I am not interested in what the laws state at all!
Contrary to what people may think, I am NOT against field collecting.
I actually have nothing at all against someone legally collecting, in a responsible and "environmentally-respectful way. But now, what means... "a responsible and "environmentally-respectful way"?
These are what I want to hear from all of you! (Yes, even those to whom I have disagreed with in the past.)
Thanks in advance for those of you who care to reply. And thanks especially to those who reply in a mutually respectful way.