The International Carnivorous Plant Society takes strong stands on conservation and
land stewardship values. Field collection is condemned by the Society
as unethical, especially when plants are so freely available from
nursery grown stock. The introduction of plants into the wild, especially
when far out of the plant's natural range (and not part of a valid
restoration project) is equally regarded as unethical.
From CPN Vol. 22 No. 1 and 2, March and June 1993, Pages 36 and 37.
ICPS is dedicated to understanding, preserving, growing, selecting,
propagating, studying, and appreciating the natural flora of
the earth with special interest in carnivorous plants.
Above all, we support efforts to protect wild habitats as sources
for genetic variations and naturally thriving plants for generations
We believe habitat destruction, both planned and accidental,
is responsible for the greatest loss of habitats and species
in the world today and we deplore this situation.
We strive to support those organizations around the world that
seek to preserve valuable wildlife habitats, and we support
field and media education as effective means of instilling respect
for natural habitats.
We also support the efforts of legitimate organizations that
preserve genetically broad spectrum samples of threatened and
endangered species as living materials with a view to replanting
existent or reclaimed habitat.
We discourage introduction of plant species into habitat where
that genetic material has not or does not occur unless for closely
monitored research purposes with a view to eventual removal
of the inappropriate material and prevention of crossbreeding
with naturally occurring plants while the study is in affect.
We are against the wholesale collecting for resale of wild
plants from public lands, especially the rarer plants and abhor
the practice of misleading the public by calling such collected
plants nursery propagated by any stretch of the definition.
We support the practice of knowledgeable and responsible field
collection only when (A)it is not in violation of the law (B)it
is with the intention of introducing plants into cultivation
by the collection of only a small amount of wild material (C)only
a small percentage of plants are taken.
We recognize that without experienced people with horticultural
and/or botanical interests selecting and propagating species
from the wild, there would be fewer choices of propagated horticultural
material and consequent increased pressure on wild habitats
with illegal or inappropriate collecting, and there would be
less knowledge gathered on the nature of the plants.
We would encourage collectors to be responsibly aware that
rare plants merit special consideration and should not be distributed
or propagules taken unless there is a sufficient local stock
to successfully perpetuate the population. most cases this means
no collecting should be done.