Tom, you really think taking a tiny plant sample from a national park is so deplorable?
I was Kayaking in NJ and took 10 different plant samples, and I mean a stem or two.
I probably scraped off more plants from the bottom of my shoe, then took in a baggie.
And don't give me that "if everyone did it, they'd be nothing left" jazz, because we on
PTF are among the few aquatic plant nuts, that are plant curious enough to bother.
True, but I'm not going to tell you to do that either
It's more a legal issue. I gave folks options where else to look.
I also know where else to look where it is legal for that species.
Most of the plants we are interested are not rare if present, it is their habitat that is becoming rare sadly.
While you might not take a bunch, some newbie(or not so newbie) might. Swimming, boating etc takes a toll on the plants in some systems and they limit the traffic accordingly, but reactreational usage versus collectors is something the Parks do not like to get into.
Policy and consistency are issues with most parks.
They allow clear cutting sections in CA for various lumber companies, scarred hillsides for decades, death of everything in the streams, renting the ecosystem away for peanuts, but if you take a mushroom or a plant, you go to jail.
Does not seem too fair to me either.
I mentioned one place to hobbyist years ago, they went and got caught. I did not tell them to take it from there, just that's the type of place you would fine it. Right in front of the ranger too