In the previous Acorn, I discussed our work conserving rare plant species through careful reintroduction in collaboration with ecologists from the Fairfax County Park Authority. The stakes are high with this kind of detailed restoration work, and there are very real risks to getting it wrong. That is why, in general, we don’t advocate for moving rare and uncommon species onto private property where they lack the protections that allow for enduring conservation.
That isn’t to say that protecting and restoring native plants to private lands isn’t important. In fact, it is a necessary component of our work and, locally and globally, we must do more to create better quality habitat through native plants on private lands if we wish to address the extinction and biodiversity crisis we undoubtedly currently face.