Spilled Salmon questions

Certainly a gray area, however, generally these fish would be wild. Perhaps right at the time of release, when they are still present at the release point where humans did place them, they would not be wild. However, as soon as they are freeswimming and choose a new location for themselves, they would be wild. Of course, identifying exactly when that happens is squishy and people’s opinions may differ. In this specific case, the release was not intentional by humans either!

For the plant scenario you present - if a plant was planted in a specific place by humans, it is cultivated regardless of how long ago that was or whether it remains under care. A pine plantation for instance would not be wild regardless of the age of the stand.

There are a fair amount of threads that deal with the huge variety of wild/not wild scenarios, so if there’s a specific case users are interested in, it can be worth taking a look at those. For captive plants some are:
though there are so many others, I can’t keep track!

Moderators can open those threads up if there’s additional discussion needed.


In the Pacific Northwest, most forests at low to moderate elevations (and some higher elevation ones) have been planted by people but this isn’t obvious because the trees aren’t planted in straight lines because the tree planters can’t walk straight lines due to the steep slopes. (Mechanical tree planting is usually impossible for the same reason.) Technically, those trees should be marked as NOT Wild, no matter how old they get. However, making the distinction is a real pain, so I cling to the unlikely possibility that this individual tree originated from wild seed and I mark them wild.

[Thanks for the edit, @dianastuder ]


That makes sense. Here in New England, sometimes I come across forests that have been planted, usually plantations of Red Pine or Norway Spruce that were planted (in straight lines) in old agricultural fields when the land was taken to make watershed lands around new drinking water reservoirs. The straight lines make it easy to tell they were planted, but often there are seedings and saplings of Red Pines or Norway Spruce as well.


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