Hello members and non-members! This is the President of the Conservancy here. Well, Barry Rice informed me some time ago that ABG probably would not allow us to grow ESA listed plants for them. Their concern, as I understand it, is their concerns over "backyard growers". They seem to think we can't do what we do because we are independant, and not a Botanical Garden. I know this is rubbish, but the powers that be are overly cautious, and costing themselves a valuable resource-------US! So, since this appears to be the case for now, we will continue getting location species, and supplying any CP grower who wants a fantastic collection, their plants. No, we are not up and running yet, but Copper, is steadily plodding on, moving us in the directions we must go. She is a great Vice-President! We are lucky to have her, and PAK, and Laura Z5, for sure! We will not stop moving forward, and we will get out as many locale species we can. Whatever ESA plants are donated will be among them. Luckily, alabamensis is among us all, all three counties represented. For jonesii, 2 locations will be available. Etowah Bog (extinct) is in collections now, and will be available in typical and heterophylla, and another bog, which shall remain nameless, but from Henderson County, as are the Etowah bog plants. Oreo's will be represented at present by DeKalb County, Marshall County, and Cherokee County. Much to do, but you need to know the situation we are in as many of you are a part of us. Any of you who have location species plants, please do not hesitate to send the NASC seed and/or plant material. Get ahold of Copper to know where to send it. Dean Cook is one of our growers, and a Collection holder, so you can send material to him too. Please mark any donations on the packages to the NASC so Dean will know what it is for. So, you are now on the same page I am, and we move forward from here. Any comments? I wait to hear from you through this thread! Good Growing!!!