I just know of some place somewhere in the middle of Jawbone Canyon in the Mojave Desert, still its private land and as far as I know the owner don't want any more collections to be done on his property (correct me if I'm wrong).
If you are part of a Bonsai club, ask if they have some kind of collecting trips, I think thats your best bet.
I recently was the lucky winner at the X-mas party raffle of my Bonsai Club, a beautiful CJ collected by Harry Hirao some years ago. So again, being part of a Bonsai club could be your best option.
Other than the above information I'm clueless about any other option you may have
I suspect that a public forum is the last place anyone would (or should) say where a good spot was for collecting anything. Wherever it was would be quickly denuded (collected with or without permission) and so many bonsai collectors being what they are, the area would be left an unholy mess. Those who collect tend to be very closed mouthed about the best spots.
I sure hope there were 7 of you on that dig, and that batch of trees weren't representing 2 or 3 very piggy collectors. In any case, it won't be long before these trees are as scarce in California as Shimpaku are in Japan today.
I don't think junipers are endangered in the least out there. Maybe the collectable ones, but there are literally millions of junipers that will be there far after man has been expelled from this planet.
I don't think junipers are endangered in the least out there. Maybe the collectable ones, but there are literally millions of junipers that will be there far after man has beed expelled from this planet.
Thanks though, your heart is in the right place.
I'm not intending to say any more after this, but I'm sure that's what they said in Japan, too; and what orchid and bromilliad collectors in Florida said 50 years ago.
And, though I won't be around to collect that bet, as a one-time ecologist I can just about guarantee that junipers are more sensitive to environmental changes than humans are. They, after all, can't walk away and don't have a technology to guarantee their survival even in worsening environmental conditions like we do.
...as bonsai beginner, I really don't understand the applause when someone retrieves a tree from the wild and creates a marvellous bonsai.
In this I agree with JKL, as bonsai beginner, I really don't understand the applause when someone retrieves a tree from the wild and creates a marvellous bonsai. I see the beauty of those trees but on the other hand I wonder how long this practice will last... Thinking about even more movable inhabitants of earth, elephants, tigers etc. I don't want to kick to someones sheens but just thinking about the future; could it end up with garden trees?