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Read Forest-Grown Ginseng Verification Programme Addresses Illegal Trade, by our own Susan Leopold and Alison Ormsby, University of North Carolina Asheville, featured in this month's TRAFFIC Bulletin.

The TRAFFIC Bulletin is a publication of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, which is the leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of WWF and IUCN. The TRAFFIC Bulletin publishes information and original papers on the subject of trade in wild animals and plants, and strives to be a source of accurate and objective information.

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Sanctity of Sanctuary Streaming Event for Members

Sanctity of Sanctuary Streaming Event for Members

In honor of our March Membership Month, and as a special thank you to our members, we wanted to share the movie Sanctity of Sanctuary featuring Paul Strauss Equinox farm. The true story and documentary highlights how the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary came into fruition and thus sparked the Botanical Sanctuary Network.

Take the time for this streaming opportunity to watch, be inspired and share the mission with your community of the importance of becoming a PLANT SAVER... United Plant Savers membership fees is our solid source of funding with out membership dollars we would not exsist. We are the collective consciousness through the thoughtful gift of 35.00 from members across North America. Plant conservation is not easy to fund or popular in the grant world, and in all honesty we are membership driven, not just by the 35.00 but by the inspiring work of our members who tend sanctauries in thier back yards, who teach others around them, who harvest medicine sustainably and who ask important questions when buying herbal products. Please take this month to renew your membership, encourage others to join, and set intention for you plant works as we look towards the return

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Leaf People adopts Hawaiian Sandalwood

Leaf People adopts Hawaiian SandalwoodNative Hawaiian Sandalwood is extremely vulnerable to overharvesting and risk of extinction due to the fact that it takes more that 40 years to mature, and harvesting involves taking the entire tree. Furthermore the sandalwood tree is a hemi-parasite species meaning that it needs to grow along with certain host plants making it a very tricky species to reforest successfully. Sandalwood’s extraordinary fragrance, versatility, and medicinal properties have put it in high demand for centuries, all over the world. This is why Hawaii’s native sandalwood population was almost completely decimated during the infamous sandalwood trade that took place during 1815-1825. Despite this terrible time in Hawaii’s history, Hawaii still remains the only region in the world where sandalwood is being commercially harvested with out regulation. Native Hawaiian Sandalwood represents a quarter of the diversity of the genera Santalum. Six separate species are found through out the islands, and within these species are several unique varieties, all endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Santalum freycinetianum var. Lanaiense has already been officially recognized as endangered. Therefore UpS has added the six native species S. pyrularium, S. involutum, S. freycinetianum, S. haleakalea, S. Paniculatum, S. elliticum to the 'At-Risk' list, in an effort to

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UpS Helps Kick Off Forest Grown Program

UpS Helps Kick Off Forest Grown ProgramForest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain was a “first of its kind” event that United Plant Savers held in November with support from Mountain Rose Herbs, Penn State, PCO and Virginia Tech. How much longer can the ecosystem support the constant wild harvest of native woodland botanicals? Do we know who is harvesting and where are forest botanicals are being harvested? The new PCO forest grown verification program encourages "conservation through cultivation' as a solution of sustainability, quality and ethics. The new PCO program that allows woodland farmers of medicinal plants to be verified is perfectly synced with another new project “Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Program: Growing Opportunities Beneath the Canopy”. United Plant Savers is one of several collaborators that will be apart of a 3-year funded USDA program to train future forest farmer in how to become growers of native medicinal plants within the Appalachian region. If you are interested in knowing about future workshops/webinars and getting connected to the new network of forest farmers then please email your information to hollykc@vt.edu. For those that attended and for those that are interested here are the powerpoints presented from the workshop in PDF format. (Susan Leopold,

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UpS Helps Send Kids to Summer Sassafras Camp

UpS Helps Send Kids to Summer Sassafras CampSassafras Camp adjacent to the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary is an outdoor nature and arts camp focused on environmental and ecological education, theater, yoga, art, music, games, and play. 2015 highlights were studying macroinvertebrates and water quality, medicinal plant study and salve making, arrowhead class, Native American storytelling and theater performances, basket making with Japanese Honeysuckle, daily yoga and meditation, fresh pasta making and healthy food education, many art projects including mask making and costume design, and cooperative games that encouraged the bonding of the entire camp family. 

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International raises record donations for United Plant Savers and honors Rosemary Gladstar for making it all come together…

International raises record donations for United Plant Savers and honors Rosemary Gladstar for making it all come together…This year the international Herb Symposium raised nearly 18,000 dollars for United Plant Savers. It was a plant healers gathering like no other with passionate teachers from around the world sharing among a network of caring participants ready to then disperse and germinate seeds of knowledge to their local communities. A few highlights: Paul Staments fungi medicine and how mushrooms are saving the bees, Diane Miller's talk on health freedom for our sanity, Rosemary's passion for safe guarding our traditions and the importance of restoring the healing forest and planetary biodiversity!  Here are a few pics:           Guadalupe Uribina is a singer song writer and artist from Costa Rica who traveled to the International Herb Symposium to perform. I have been in love with her music for many years and had planted the seed that she come to the IHS after she sang for the first Medicines from the Edge Conference in Costa Rica. Guadalupe's voice truly encapsulates the madre de la tierra and below is a video clip of one of my favorite songs. This song highlights the Rinco de la Vieja which is a dormant volcano central to the magical region of Guanacaste that is very dry

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Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain

Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain

United Plant Savers is excited to co-sponsor this event specific for those who are actively engaged in stewardship of forest botanicals. UpS supports the efforts of forest grown botanicals as a critical component of conservation of at-risk native medicinal plants many of which come from the forest regions of Appalachia.  

November 13, 2015 in Front Royal, Virginia & November 14, 2015 in Abingdon, Virginia

Purpose

Forest-based medicinal plant cultivation (i.e., agroforestry), could help forest landowners in the eastern United States generate additional income, improve the health of their woodlot, and contribute to native medicinal plant conservation. It also stands to help the natural products industry address concerns about where their raw plant material comes from and the quality of their products. However, status quo markets favor wild harvesting and make it difficult to profitably farm these plants in the forest. Buyers, manufacturers, and many herbalists have simply not been willing to pay the price required for forest owners to profitably and sustainably raise many slow-growing, habitat-specific medicinal plants in the forest where they often grow best. As a result, plants such as black cohosh, blue cohosh, goldenseal, bloodroot, and American ginseng continue to be wild-harvested or cultivated under artificial shade

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Nurturing Your Botanical Sanctuary Workshop

Nurturing Your Botanical Sanctuary Workshop

October 1-2, 2015Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, USA

Through the generous support of New Chapter we are thrilled to be offering this two-day workshop to those who are current Botanical Sanctuary Network members and Sacred Seed Garden members. This is an opportunity for members of these two networks to gather and learn important ETHNOBOTANICAL skills, share stories, and to strengthen ties that revive the concept of the sacred groves. Please join us! Visit the event page for complete details or register here.

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Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs A wonderful arrangement that formed from our summit: Mountain Rose is the first company to now sell Forest Verified ginseng with 5% of the proceeds being donated to United Plant Savers   Why is this root so special? We are proud to offer the first Certified Forest Grown American Ginseng in partnership with the United Plant Savers. This new project brings us organically grown ginseng roots that are cultivated in their native ecosystem. The roots are sustainably harvested from private forests that are stewarded by farmers dedicated to preserving this important medicinal plant for the future. Each tin contains 6 grams of this valued botanical. These roots have been cared for in their natural environment for at least 7 years before they were harvested. They are much smaller than the organic farm cultivated roots that are on the market. Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% from every sale of this precious ginseng root to the United Plant Savers. We believe that supporting this effort can change the culture of ginseng throughout Appalachia, transforming the epidemic of black market poaching into a stewarded forest crop with sustainability as the guiding force. We thank you for supporting conservation

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Upcoming Events

Radical Herbalism = Roots + Restoration + Resilience + Resistance Workshop

September 23, 2017
UpS Sanctuary in Rutland Ohio

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Rosemary Gladstar and Susan Leopold will be teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Conference in Pennsylvania

September 30th ~ October 1st, 2017
Kempton, PA

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United Plant Savers will be at the American Herbalists Guild conference in Oregon

October 5th ~ 9th

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United Plant Savers will be in Ashville at the North Carolina Ginseng Association, 2017 Ginseng Market Place

November 11th, 2017

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Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

Applications are now being accepted for 2017!

Spring 2017:
Mon. May 1 - Fri. June 9th
Fall 2017:
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