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If you know of a doomed enclave of native plants, please make arrangements to salvage what you can. Here are some guidelines to help you:

1. The first step is to contact the developer -- they don't always see what treasures their land holds. If the land owner is uncooperative,another tactic is to go through your local government. Some municipalities tack on interesting restrictions to their development agreements-- including the relocation of rare plants and the protection of individual trees or portions of woodlots. Be aware of that even “protected” trees are subject to damage from heavy equipment operating near their roots -- ensure that a sufficient zone surrounding each tree is cordoned off.

2. Once permission has been obtained to access the property, gather your forces. Check with local conservation groups both for volunteers and for expert advice. That unassuming little plant in the corner might actually be quite an unusual find. Don't forget to let the locals know of your plans -- it cuts down on time-consuming misunderstandings and may well lead to new native plant gardening converts.

3. Walk through the site to target priorities for your rescue effort. Agree on a schedule with the developer and set the date(s) for your rescue efforts.

4. Prepare an area for your newly uprooted refugees. Try to mimic original growing conditions as closely as possible. Urge your volunteers to do the same for whatever plants they are to keep.

5. Alert the local media. The more people you can get out to help, the more plants will be saved.
List the details on our PLANT RESCUE FORM:

Suggested equipment includes plenty of plastic bags (much easier to carry in quantity than buckets and pots), narrow transplanting spades, and hand trowels. Dress appropriately for the weather and the site -- rubber boots, rain gear, sun screen, insect repellent (skip that if you intend to handle sensitive creatures such as toads or newts). Remember, a large root ball is not always necessary and can be extremely difficult to transport. Keep the plants moist in a shaded location and transplant as soon as possible.

Plant Rescue operations have been scheduled in the following locations.
Please donate your labour to help preserve our natural heritage.


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