Last spring, the story of a Dudleya smuggler in Mendocino County hit the news when an observant person noticed something odd while waiting in line at the local post office. (Here’s a link to one of the news outlets covering that story.)

Now we have our own case of Dudleya smugglers caught stealing the native succulents from the cliffs in Big Sur. Read about that story here.

In both these instances, a concerned observer noticed odd behavior and acted on it. Customs was called to check the shipments from the Post Office, and the woman observing the poachers in Big Sur took photos of the smugglers and their license plate. If you see something, say something.

John Chesnut has created a beautiful article on propagating Dudleya – you can read it here. And if you are out and about and see someone stuffing plants in to a bag or prying Dudleya’s off a cliff, contact local law enforcement or CDFW. Our local office doesn’t have a phone number, but you can send an email to

Belmont Field Office and Laboratory350 Harbor Blvd., Belmont, CA 94002No general lineNo general fax
Eureka Office and Laboratory619 2nd St., Eureka, CA 95501(707) 445-6493(707) 445-6664
Fort Bragg Field Office and Laboratory32330 N. Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, CA 95437(707) 964-9078(707) 964-0642
Los Alamitos Field Office and Laboratory4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C, Los Alamitos, CA 90720(562) 342-7100(562) 596-0342
Monterey Field Office and Laboratory20 Lower Ragsdale Dr., Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940(831) 649-2870(831) 649-2894
Sacramento Field Office1812 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814No general line(916) 445-6458
San Diego Field Office and Laboratory3883 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA 92123(858) 467-4201No general fax
San Luis Obispo Field Office and Laboratory3196 South Higuera St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401No general line(805) 542-4609
Santa Barbara Field Office and Laboratory1933 Cliff Dr., Suite 9, Santa Barbara, CA 93109(805) 568-1231(805) 568-1235
Santa Rosa Field Office5355 Skylane Blvd., Suite B, Santa Rosa, CA 95403(707) 576-2882(707) 576-7132