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  Re: Tropical forest dreams and nightmares
From: Regferns at aol.com on 2001.05.14 at 00:10:18(6433)
I have tried to stay out of this discussion, because I all too well know
what's happening in some of these countries. But, Julius' telling comments:
"Cut and burn it all down, but don't you DARE collect any of these doomed
plants/animals," says it all.

How very, very true. I have seen tree ferns (CITES 1) being sprayed with
herbicides or hacked down (and discarded) in some countries. I have also
seen whole forests destroyed in Indonesia; and orchids and other high
epiphytes are doomed--they lay baking in the scorching sun. But, is anyone
allowed to "rescue" these plants? A resounding "NO."

Just my two cents.

Reggie Whitehead
South Miami, FL

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