Just a notice as a reminder to some.
Native plants are a protected species at Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve.
This means people are NOT allowed to remove plants from the nature preserve! This is a concern for the land managers as some rare plants, such as the giant air plant, are endangered and protected for their fragile state from the Mexican bromeliad weevil, illegal collecting, and habitat destruction.
Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a guy leaving the property with a bromeliad strapped to his Camelback. I don't know if it was the "giant air plant" as they are a protected species, but heads up folks - it's illegal to take plants and animals from a nature preserve.
We are actually quite lucky to have the extensive trail system that we do have on a NATURE PRESERVE, so lets not screw up a good thing.
Pass the word when you can.