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JULY 2014

During the Spring of 2014, our Executive Director, Susan Leopold travels to Hawaii to investigate the ongoing sustainability issues regarding the harvest of native Hawaiian Sandalwood and the various mapping, replanting, and conservation projects taking place on the Big Island. During her visit, she was interviewed by Shannon Wianecki of Hana Hou magazine. This is a wonderful article which gives a thorough overview of the history behind the Hawaiian Sandalwood trade and where it stands today amidst larger conservation and sustainability concerns. Click the image below to view the scanned article from Hana Hou June/July 2014, pp.86-95.



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Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant Savers 2014 Community Grants cycle closes having supported a spectacular season of projects.JULY 31, 2014 (RUTLAND, OH) Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant Savers 2014 Community Grants cycle closes having supported a spectacular season of projects. This was a popular year for United Plant Savers Community Grants program. This program, only available to our membership, is designed to support community-based projects that include the replanting of medicinal plants native to the United States and Canada. A total of three projects were funded this year including the successful proposals from Vermont Center for Integrated Herbalism (VCIH) of Montpelier, Vermont, Turtle Mountain Herbs of Rockford, Tennessee, and Northwest Middle School of Northwest Local Schools in Canal Fulton, Ohio.   United Plant Savers is honored to support the ‘Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness’ project at Northwest Middle School of Northwest Local School Districtof Canal Fulton, Ohio . Through this project, 15 Northwest Middle School students, will have the opportunity to create and plant a medicinal nature trail. These students will be working with Sandra Engle, School Psychologist and United Plant Savers member, planting Bloodroot, American Ginseng, Blue Cohosh, Black Cohosh, Ramps, Goldenseal, Wild Yam, Lobelia Inflata, Slippery Elm and Virginia Snakeroot. The Students will also be starting Echinacea and Arnica seeds and tending

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Stakeholders Meet for Ginseng Summit, Discuss Industry To-Dos, To-Don’ts, Ta-DasJULY 16, 2014, RUTLAND, OH United Plant Savers was honored to host the 2014 American Ginseng Summit last month at our Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, OH. Read below for an overview of what was spoken about in regards to safe-guarding wild populations of American Ginseng as well as protecting the American Ginseng export industry and creating a domestic market. We highly recommend you listen to the live NPR broadcast and coverage of the 2014 American Ginseng Summit HERE.   Ginseng Summit 2014 By Glynis Board, West Virginia Public Radio About 35 gathered, including producers, buyers, government enforcement agents, and academics, to discuss relevant topics within the ginseng industry. United Plan Savers hosted the summit. Susan Leopold, the medicinal native plant conservation group’s exec director, said there are two main goals of the summit, both focused on conserving the plant:
  • Conservation through cultivation; encouraging people to grow American Ginseng on their wood lots.
  • Promoting a national conservation plan that looks at protecting wild populations of genetic diversity throughout ginseng’s range.
Folks at the 2014 Ginseng Summit were also working to find ways to collaborate among themselves to develop and align best practices to sustain their agro-forest business. Demand for ginseng root in

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United Plant Savers welcomes two new members to our Board of DirectorsJuly 15, 2014 RUTLAND, OH United Plant Savers is very pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors, Todd Lynch of Ecotropy LLC and Melanie Carpenter of Zack Woods Herb Farm. Todd Lynch is the principal of Ecotropy LLC, a design studio that integrates medicinal plants, ecology and art to create outdoor healing spaces in order to strengthen and illustrate the connections shared by human and ecological health, and to empower people to take a more active part in their surroundings and their own well-being. Todd has collaborated on health and landscape restoration projects across the US and Canada, has won several design competitions and grants for environmental art installations and is trained in landscape architecture, health care garden design and community herbalism. He blogs about landscape, wellness and medicinal plants on his website, www.ecotropy.net, and his Twitter feed @ecotropy. Melanie Carpenter, is the co-founder and co-owner of Zack Woods Herb Farm-a 10 acre organic medicinal herb farm in central Vermont. Melanie grew up at Sage Mountain. It was there with Rosemary Gladstar that Melanie started her first business, Sage Mountain Herb Products. Over the last 25 years she has continued her work as

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Ranking Tool Created for Medicinal Plants at Risk of Being Overharvested in the WildJULY 10, 2014 RUTLAND, OH United Plant Savers is delighted to announce the publication and launching of our 'At-Risk' Assessment Tool. We developed an adaptable, transparent tool that can be used to quantify and compare vulnerability to overharvest for wild collected medicinal plants. Subsequently, we are creating a list of the most threatened medicinal plants in temperate North America. The new tool scores species according to their life history, the effects of harvest, their abundance and range, habitat, and demand. The resulting rankings, based on explicit criteria rather than expert opinion, will make it easier to discuss areas of vulnerability and set conservation priorities. Here we present scores for 40 species assessed using the At-Risk Tool and discuss the traits that led to different scores for six example species: echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia DC. Asteraceae), peyote (Lophophora williamsii (Lem. ex Salm-Dyck) J.M. Coult. Cactaceae), sandalwood (Santalum spp. L. Santalaceae), stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L. Urticaceae), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L. Araliaceae) and mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum L. Berberidaceae). To read and download the full publication in the Journal of Ethnobiology click here. You can also read the publication as well as download and utilize the assessment tool here.
Planting the Future, Lawrence, Kansas, June 14, 2014“I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures.” - Geronimo Step by step, the newness evolved into an expansive fascination. The natural world was wide-open like the blue skies above and rich like the orange glow of butterfly weed sprinkled around us in a cosmic constellation. For some, we had never laid our eyes upon a real prairie, and maybe only fantasized about what it must have been like with the roaming buffalo, or decorated with the freedom of the people indigenous to the landscape. Before the frontier, before settlers, before railroads and cornfields. United Plant Savers couldn’t have asked for a better venue to hold our Summer 2014 Planting the Future event. Hosted by the incredible efforts of the Kansas Biological Survey and the University of Kansas Field Station in Lawrence, Kansas, we were surrounded by innovation and dedication not only to preserving an ecosystem that is rapidly going extinct, but to a tradition of medicine that is also struggling to stay alive. The University of Kansas Field Station, the biological field station of the University

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Dr. Lisa Castle receives 2014 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award in recognition of her work in launching the United Plant Savers JULY 9, 2014, RUTLAND, OH Dr. Lisa Castle was formally recognized as the recipient of United Plant Savers 2014 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award at our Planting the Future Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. We are indebted to her and eternally grateful for her work and her critical role in the publication and launching of United Plant Savers 'At-Risk' Assessment Tool.   From Left to Right: Dr. Kelly Kindscher of the University of Kansas, Dr. Lisa Castle 2014 MPCA Award Winner, Dr. Susan Leopold, Executive Director, United Plant Savers Lisa Castle, a plant ecologist, currently teaches biology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. A lifelong lover of plants, her official interest in medicinal plants started in fifth grade when she wrote a school research paper on “Medicinal Uses of Herbs in Colonial America” at about the same time she planted an perennial herb garden in her parents’ backyard. Her work with the United Plant Savers began in 2000 when she started working with Dr. Kelly Kindscher at the University of Kansas to develop an assessment tool used to compare medicinal plants based on their vulnerability to overharvest. Over the next fourteen years, she worked with herbalists, herb growers, the UPS board, biology

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HerbStalk 2014 raises $1000 for United Plant SaversJUNE 24, 2014, BOSTON, MA Steph Zabel The purpose of creating the first Herbstalk in 2012 was simple: herbalist Steph Zabel wanted to make a fun and accessible community gathering where people could learn more about using herbs in everyday life. The vibrant city of Somerville seemed to be the perfect setting for such an endeavor, being home to many open-minded folks who enjoy new ways of creating community with one another. No one ever expected such a large and diverse mix of people to show up from across MA and beyond, causing attendance to swell to almost 1,500 people in its first year. Beginning herbal students, seasoned herbalists, local families, and individuals curious about this local, quirky event all mingled together, enjoying a day of classes, workshops, and plant walks. In only its second year, Herbstalk had grown into a two-day event featuring beginner to advanced level classes, along with music, food, fun, children’s activities and vendors from across the Northeast. Our third annual Herbstalk took place on June 7th and 8th in Somerville, MA. We offered herbal classes for beginner and advanced herbal learners, city plant walks, and a wonderful marketplace of handcrafted herbal products. For the

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Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism receives United Plant Savers Community Grant for Clinic GardenJune 20, 2014, ATHENS, OH - United Plant Savers is delighted to announce its newest grantee, the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) is a non-profit herbal school and sliding-scale herbal clinic located in Montpelier, Vermont. This summer, VCIH is creating a medicinal herb display garden at the entrance to their clinic. The garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for students, a sanctuary for at-risk medicinals, and an educational tool for VCIH herbal clinic clients and their community. VCIH’s garden design will highlight Vermont natives, including many plants on the UpS “at*-risk” and “to*-watch” lists. The garden will be highly visible and accessible, greeting each person that walks through the door. The herb garden will also contain an informational plaque detailing the importance of protecting native medicinal plant species and their habitat. VCIH’s herbal display garden will consist of two twenty-five-foot by six-foot garden beds. Because a large portion of the garden will be shaded, shade-loving species such as blue cohosh, trillium, wild ginger, maidenhair fern, partridge berry, mayapple and Oregon grape will be included. Student and client volunteers will help prepare the beds and plant and maintain the garden each season. With

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