I. CHAPTER GUIDELINES
1) Know your rare, threatened and endangered
species. Know your fragile environments and unique
2) Be alert to threats to native plants and
their habitats. Appoint watchdog committees to keep aware of these
threats and inform the chapter.
3) Take action to protect native plants.
Work with all groups and the general public to protect native plants
and their habitats. Be prepared to salvage plants where
they are threatened by outright destruction. Help
eradicate particularly aggressive and successful exotic
plants that threaten native plants. Take responsible
4) Educate your members and the public about
native plants, and encourage them to use good judgment in the
study, enjoyment, and use of native plants.
5) Encourage your members to grow
native plants only from seeds or cuttings.
II. OUT THERE AMONG THE PLANTS
1) Outings for whatever purpose must
never endanger a plant population. Encourage nondestructive modes
learning and enjoyment: photography, artwork,
scientific description, aesthetic prose and poetry, and so on.
2) On group outings (field trips,
conservation activities, class field studies), group leaders must take
responsibility for protecting native plants from
the activities of the group. All participants should understand
the goal of plant protection, the purpose of the
outing, and the means by which they can make the least impact
on plants and the natural habitat.
3) Know where endangered species are
growing and plan outings with this knowledge in mind.
4) Respect private and public
property. Do not trespass. Know the regulations for use of the land and
resources – public or private – your group is
5) Respect the habitat as a whole.
Avoid disturbing wildlife, such as nesting birds and nesting hornets.
6) Be sensitive to the human foot as a
threat to plants. Visits to fragile environments should be carefully
planned. Students should be given adequate
direction by their instructor, and excessive collecting should be
discouraged. Better one person enter a fragile
area to identify a plant than the whole group.
7) Collecting should be considered
only when identification cannot be made in the field or when it will
contribute significantly to educational or
scientific objectives. Collecting for whatever purpose should be
done as inconspicuously as possible. Casual
observers may not understand the reasons for collecting and may
feel license to do likewise.
8) Collecting must never endanger a
plant population. Collect seeds or cuttings in preference to whole
Do not collect underground plant parts except for
identification purposes. Avoid excessive collecting: this
calls for exercise of good judgment by the
collector. Consider the use of rules of thumb for judging whether to
pick or not to pick. Encourage group study of one
specimen. Consider using weeds, garden species, or
labgrown specimens for educational purposes.
III. USING NATIVE PLANTS
1) Use of native plants – in
wildflower shows, plant sales, and horticulture
– must never threaten
2) Native plant species for sale
should be obtained by salvage, seeds, or cuttings in that order of
and whole plants should never be dug up, except for salvage. Seeds
should not be sold. Growers must
exercise discretion in collecting seeds
and cuttings to avoid endangering plant populations.
3) Native plants for sale should state
on the label how obtained or grown. Chapters should consider
certifying commercial growers who follow good
ethical practice, and should urge the public not to buy
unless plants were obtained or grown
according to these guidelines.
4) The sale and use of particularly aggressive and successful
exotic plant species, such as gorse, broom, and
should be discouraged.
5) Salvage of native plants should be encouraged when their
destruction is certain: at quarries, mines, dams,
construction sites, road construction sites. Salvage is not
necessarily called for, however, on logging
recreational areas, and rangeland. Salvaged plants should be
kept potted long enough before sale
to ensure that they will
survive the shock of transplant.
6) Wildflower shows should make maximum use of their educational
potential. Inform the public of the
goals of NPSO: explain the guidelines your chapter follows in studying,
enjoying, and using native
including guidelines followed in collecting for the show;
consider using all other educational
artwork, publications, herbarium collections, news
media, etc.); and continue the
educational "life" of display
materials after the show by donating them