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First off, I represent neither organization, but I highly respect and commend the efforts of both organizations for taking the lead in preserving these plants in the wild.
My understanding is the NASC, much like what the ICPS has done, is using donated funds to burn and maintain many protected sites, which is critical to for the long term survival of CP's in the wild. Their funds have also gone towards land aquisitions at various sites throughout the South, and have helped fund equipment (presumably to maintain habitats?).
Similarly, Meadowview is trying to expand the existing land at the Joseph Pine Preserves in Virginia for the northern most population of S. flava. The larger the land parcel, the better a chance these plants have in surviving in the long run. Without it, they're a lot more vulnerable. The challenge is, the price per acre, compared to other CP sites in the deep south, seems significantly higher. This is a prime example of why we don't have plants left in the wild: the owner can either sell the land to walmart and make $100K, for example, or see if an organization is willing to pay $100K to purchase a small plot of land.
I think both efforts are absolutely critical for the long term survival of the species, but it seems as though the NASC's effort to burn sites and acquire land covers and maintains a larger volume of vulnerable habitat. From a financial point of view, we will save more populations and get a bigger bang for our buck if we're purchasing "useless swamp land" that has a very low price per acre (ie. agricultural parcels in the middle of nowhere in danger of becoming a tree farm). By the time development has already arrived, it's already too late, unless you're a billionaire and can buy everyone out.
In the wild, as time progresses, land will increase in value, human population will continue to grow, and these places "in the middle of nowhere" will all eventually be surrounded by development. By acquiring the land before it becomes cost prohibitive, we stand a chance at preserving sites for the future.
Keep in mind, it's not enough to just purchase land....every parcel has to be carefully maintained, and the bigger they are, the bigger a chance that the site can be sustained. This is a gigantic task.
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sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5