Harvesting Native Plants
Again, NEVER harvest native plants on public property without permits. NEVER harvest native plants on private property without permission. NEVER harvest endangered species without proper permits and credentials.
Once you've cleared these hurdles here are some additional considerations -
Below is a shovel full of forest soil extracted specifically for the yellow violets (Viola orbiculata). I certainly got more than I bargained for:
In addition, while sorting through the duff in search of other 'treasures' I discovered a number of baby slugs that had been imported and were residing inside the ring of slug bait I had put out to protect the entire plot. I discovered a number of other small insects that may or may not be indiginous to my area. Even though this small shovel full of soil was transported less than a hundred miles, it came from a vastly different biome. It's entirely possible I could have imported some devastating plague into my environment, if for only one season.