Constructive Plant Rescue (CPR)

Native plants grow slowly from seed.  Many native plants must be several years old before they will flower and set seed. If mature plants are in an area slated for development, those plants could be dug up and moved from the area to be developed to a suitable area where they will be able to continue their lives, providing beauty and sustenance for the food web in their new location. 

Some Trillium do not flower until they are at least 7 years old!

If there is land to be cleared, for whatever reason,

if there are native plants present, it is possible for those plants

to find new homes elsewhere.

Why would this be something worthwhile?

A variety of reasons could justify this as something worthy of our time and effort.

More and more land is being developed to provide homes, offices, and other facilities people need.  As we develop more spaces, the area available to native plants and wildlife is shrinking.
To help protect biodiversity and ecosystem services, it is important to try to restore patches of native vegetation wherever possible.  If native plants can be "rescued" from areas slated for development, those plants can be re-homed elsewhere to contribute to biodiversity in those areas.
You can provide information about a soon-to-be-cleared site to allow an experienced plant rescuer to extract plants for rehoming.  They will visit the site, select appropriate plants, and dig them up in a way that will maximize their potential for surviving the transplant process. 

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