The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: How can I help save carnivorous plants from extinction?

Sarracenia flava
Sarracenia flava

U. minor work
Conservation research

S. jonesii work
Sarracenia jonesii
restoration site
A: You can help in many ways! Here are a few.

  1. Maintain your respect and passion for the outdoors. Be easy on the habitat. NEVER POACH (i.e. field collect illegally) or introduce new species to environments.

  2. Remember the environment when you vote. If you are particularly interested in carnivorous plants, remember they live in wetlands---caring for these habitats should be a high priority for you.

  3. You should consider joining a carnivorous plant society to keep updated on how plants are faring in the wild. For example, a fine idea would be to join the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is an excellent society with fine benefits and a strong conservation agendum.

  4. Perhaps you should join The Nature Conservancy. It is an extremely successful, national nonprofit organization involved in protecting land through direct purchase, conservation easements, and partnerships. It operates in a nonconfrontational, largely apolitical manner, and has an excellent history of wetland protection. Look at its web site for more detailed information. In addition to becoming a member, you can can also volunteer at their many offices throughout the USA.

  5. There are other organizations which are doing great jobs too, many small local factions are very energetic. Support the work of your local conservation organizations. I do not necessarily mean pay them money---do some volunteer work with them. You will meet dynamite people. If you are single, maybe that special someone.... If you are both single and promiscuous, maybe you'll meet those special eight people...

  6. Educate others about the value of wild lands, habitats, and plants. Let them know that "swamps" are not eyesores and wasted land!

  7. If nothing else, try to minimize your imprint upon the land by conserving resources. Recycle, use less air conditioning, be sensible about your conservation decisions.

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Revised: January 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005