I, too, enjoyed the newsletter. However, in Tom
Croat's narrative of his expedition to the Guianas, I couldn't help but notice
how often he referred to a place that was remote but is now connected by road to
developed areas, or that was wild but is now being developed. In the short
term, this makes for convenience in collecting new plants; but it is part of the
long-term habitat loss that makes plants (and everything else) rare. In
this IAS newsletter we see in microcosm the global environmental crisis.
Haven't we all noticed this? Can we not all think
of some of our favorite nature places, now disappeared under pavement, lawns, or
industry? Can we not all think of some plant or animal we used to see a
lot of in our younger days, that has now become a special, memorable sighting in
the "islands" of preserved nature? I certainly can. And when I read
the nature narratives of the past, even 40 or 50 years ago, I find it hard to
believe there could ever have been such abundance.
As plant lovers, we are surely concerned about all
this. We can grow our prized specimens, and that is good; but if they come
to exist only in cultivated collections, apart from their ecological connections
to the world, they, and we, are diminished.
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:01:39 +0930
From: "Greg Ruckert" <email@example.com
Re: [Aroid-l] Your Aroid Society Newsletter
Recently I was put in my place on
Facebook by an American aroid collector who felt that joining the IAS was a
waste of money.
His comment was why would he spend his money on soomething he
might only use a couple of times. I believe he spends thousands of dollars
buying plants each year.
Well, I believe that the $25 annually is the
best money that an aroid collector could spend if they genuinely want to learn
about their plants.
The latest newsletter is fantastic. I
congratulate the contributors and everyone that had anything to do with putting
Thank you for your efforts I (and I am sure many others)
really appreciate it.