Shit, you violated the sacred hoop of hoop logic and hoop walking that’s why you’re guilty of ecocide… because you didn’t hoop walk with the hoop mind.
An interesting question for Finisia, do harvesting ethics come into play when randomly plucking language and cultures for an authentically fake Plastic Indian vibe or not?
I find your foraging ethics to be pretty common sense. The biggest issue of all comes down to scale and the easiest way to throw that out of whack is foraging to sell. I think we’ve been down this road, but I’ll say it again, when you commodify these relationships/activities, then this becomes protocol, not ethics. It’s a whole different beast and one I have no interest in taking part in.
I’d say your list typifies my thoughts. I’m unquestionably reckless when harvesting non-natives and always hope to catch them before seeding. In the nitty gritty side, for things like blue cohosh we’ll replant it if there’s less than 6 “knots” in the roots. Ramps, generally go for the bigger ones and take less. I’m sure there are far more unconscious things that don’t come to mind.
One big thing, especially with mushrooms, is just the reminder that in ecosystems nothing “goes to waste”. If you aren’t eating it, it is still very much “in use”.