The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Apalachicola National Forest in 2010

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Alas, we found this hole; evidence that Sarracenia poachers had been active here.

It is no secret that I despise plant poachers, and everytime I find poacher holes I become furious.

The poachers that dug this were obviously specialist Sarracenia collectors---they had targeted the Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora site, and took a specific, red clone. They were not casual visitors--they were carnivorous plant aficionados. They were one of us.

Note that these people did not bother to fill in their hole. They left this nice hole for someone to step into and twist their ankle.

Leaving that damned hole just shows how little respect they have for Apalachicola National Forest--they don't mind leaving a mess. They got their damned plant, turned their backs on the forest, and left.

These poachers really piss me off. Sorry for the language, kids, but sometimes the emotion shouldn't be hidden.

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Revised: June 2010
©Barry Rice, 2005