Restricting Movement, why

Kelly O'Neill
Mon, 22 Aug 2005 18:22:59 PDT
> Somehow  I miss the point of restricting movement of an endangered
> plant outside of its native habitat.

   In case anyone does not know, it is a desperation measure used when 
restricting movement in the native habitat is not saving the plant. It is 
easy to smuggle natives out of one country. Customers are more rare if 
it is illegal to receive the plant in any other country also. Hungry 
customers in far away lands have caused many critters to be extirpated 
from their native habitat.
    It is a rare case where a healthy (long term) gene pool can be 
conserved in a distant land for later reintroduction to the native habitat. 
Even then, the habitat is likely to be altered while the native is missing 
from the local web of life. Reintroduction may no longer be possible. 
Keeping the plants alive elsewhere displaces some other native(s) and 
does not seem likely to help the ecosystem the plant was a part of. I am 
all for trying to keep endangered things alive anywhere. I just don't think 
it is likely to fix the long term extinction problem very often.
   I wish us all (humans and other critters) luck as I think we may already 
need it for survival (in the long run),  KellyO

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