I have enjoyed this discussion greatly and want add my thoughts. By means of this new hobby (CPs) I have meet the director of consrevation here at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. She has shed some light on bogs and their distruction and disappearence. RamPuppy is not totally correct. Just saving a plant species or a group is not enough, it is the total ecosystem that is being destroyed: the CP's, their allies, the amimals and insects that depend on them. The destruction does continue and we cannot become complacient.(see Randy's web site- http://www.geocities.com/pitcherplants/) For instance, there is a mite that is found only in the pitchers of sarracenias. When the sarracenias go, so go the mites. Big deal you say! Rent the movie Medicine Man with Sean Connary. In this movie, he found a cure for cancer in the rain forest. The cure was being used by the natives and was derived from a bromeliad. Of course the jungle was being lumbered and this only known site for these plants was being destroyed. What we find out later is that it is not the bromeliad that holds the cure but a species of ant that feeds on only that bromeliad and secretes a substance that was the cure. The statistics say, that everyday we loose a cure in the rain forest that we don't even know about yet: a cure for AIDS, cancer, alzhimers, parkensons, who knows what. It is something to consider. Don't feel helpless though. You are doing your part in educating other people. You can also contribute money to organizations that due good conservation work. The Nature Conservancy, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens (see conservation story- http://www.uga.edu/gpca/Project3.html)and many others. In less than a year, I have joking said I have become obesssed but what has happened is I have been touch by these rare and berautiful plants and it has moved me to action to do something in a world where I often find myself feeling hopeless about the things that are going on around me. See my web page for the complete and ongoing story. My goal is to buy that bog in Walton county if I have to to save it from becoming a pine tree plantation. A good book to read is Janisse Ray's, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, very enlighting! She says in a lecture that I was privledged to hear, "If there were one thing in the world you could do and know you would not fail, what would you do?" She has choosen to given the world back her long leaf pine forests, one acer at a time. What will you do? I think I will save one ancient bog in Walton County, FL. I think you all for the opportunity presented here in this forum.
I continue to be obsessed by a species,