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Plant smugglers take ‘massive’ toll on California’s Dudleya farinosa succulent species

California Fish and Wildlife Warden Pat Freeling returned to the Mendocino coast location where he discovered two Korean men with 850 wild Dudleya farinosa in their van in March 2018. Freeling ordered the pair to replant the succulent on the coastal bluff and the native plant society is helping and caring for the damaged area. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Hundreds of thousands of Dudleya farinosa have been stripped from the California coast and sold overseas in black market trade worth tens of millions of dollars. “It’s massive,” said Adrian Foss, a captain with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “It’s large-scale theft.”