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    Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm wrote a book titled "Plants Of The Chicago Region". They ranked the plants they observed in our natural communities based on "Coefficients of Conservatism". The rating is used to determine the probability that an individual plant species comes from an intact natural community.

    Here's an excerpt from here-
    http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issu...thatplant.html

    "The third resource, and the final say in plant identification, is Plants of the Chicago Region by Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm. This bible-sized book provides a deep look into the intricacy of the ecosystem of the Chicago region along with a complete listing of the 1,638 native plant species and the 892 non-natives found here. Extensive keys separate species on the basis of their technical botanical characteristics. A write-up on each species includes information on its ecological niche and sometimes a piece of its local history.

    We learn there that just over 50 years ago tens of thousands of fringed gentians grew in the vicinity of what is now 17th and Whitcomb Streets in Gary, Indiana. Today you could buy gas there, but you’d be hard put to find a gentian."

    Within in the very near future, this publication will be updated and released. Although Floyd Swink has passed on, Gerould Wilhelm was out surveying several areas in my local vicinity presumably to update his Coefficients of Conservatism as well as to add to the list of non natives fnow found here.

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    Quote[/b] ]All the more reason for someone/anyone to grab seeds and plants from these endangered habitats....and grow them in their gardens.
    That is still stealing. And nobody should ever use the excuse that they will probably be destroyed sometime in the near future anyway. That is still poaching. The only time to ever take a plant without permission is if the bulldozer is onsite and all other options have failed.

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    Ummm, I'm thinking you two are on the same page and may not even know it. The site I believe her cardinal flower seed came from is now a shopping mall. It's a nice sea of asphalt currently.

    Around here, developers must go through a lengthy process in order to get permits. The entire process from land purchase to cutting ground can take 3 years or longer. I have been watching one particular site for about 2 years now. It is almost 200 hundred acres and 650 4-5 bedroom homes with 3 car garages on postage size lots will be built there. The developer is including some nice big retention ponds as well as a nice park with playground equipment on the future site according to their drawings. They have surveyed it and the heavy equipment is currently there presumably awaiting a thaw. They seem to be held up right now and I don't quite know why. I'm waiting and watching for the heavy equipment operators to come on in because I have always had tremendous success with them. They can usually direct me right to the project manager and I have never been told I could not take a plant yet. I have taken several incredibly nice small local genotype oaks as well as hickories so far from other locations. The people working on the sites even helped me ram them in my car.

    In addition to the above, my chapter of Wild Ones organizes plant saves. Somebody created a network many years ago in which our organization receives advance notification of properties slated wherein which land owners have already agreed to allow removal of plant material. This is a good thing. What's even better, is my neighbor down the road receives the faxes of properties that will be stripped at his home. I plan on paying closer attention in the furure to any land that may include wetlands.

    To date, I have not been placed in a position where all options have failed. If I could not get approval and if the bulldozers were revving their engines to do their thing... I'd probably seriously consider coming back at night with a flashligh and a shovel all by myself. I'd most assuredly be sweating BBs and would most assuredly be in such a state of panic that I'd end up tripping all over my own feet doing a face plant in dirt but I think I would really at least try to take anything that was endangered. I suppose one never knows until one is actually in that situation but at least I would hope I would have enough guts to try to take them.

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