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PRESS RELEASE: UpS Awarded Grant

ups logoUnited Plant Savers announces grant awarded for the market analysis and development of Forest Grown ginseng and Appalachian botanicals to address conservation concerns for sustainable sourcing in the supply chain of wild harvested herbs.

Rutland, Ohio (November, 2016)

Founded in 1994, United Plant Savers has been the leading voice in conservation of At-Risk Native Plants, as our mission states to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for the future.

United Plant Savers is collaborating with American Herbalists Guild, Mountain Rose Herbs, Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming Coalition Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and the Herbal Academy to distribute a market survey forthcoming in March of 2017. We are at a crossroads and this is a vital time to engage in an important discussion. Along with our survey we will be doing a video series and educational materials on key topics related to the future of forest botanicals and the Forest Grown program. This project will culminate with a three-day symposium in Morgantown West Virginia, July 12-14th, that will feature a research, herbalists and growers tract. We are currently accepting abstracts for the symposium with a deadline of December 15, 2016. To find out more details for symposium visit www.unitedplantsavers.org.

Conservation through cultivation has been United Plant Savers mantra and we look forward to engaging the broader herb community and most important we seek to support the growers and stewards of forest botanicals as we chart the pathway forward.

"The American Herbalists Guild values the relationship between individual and environmental health and is dedicated to promoting plant sustainability. We look to our friends at United Plants Savers for the most informed dialogue and action on these issues. Native medicinal plants in Appalachia weave a story rich with cultural heritage and healing tradition. Plants that have been used for generations for their medicinal abilities today face modern day challenges in the face of over-harvesting and loss of habitat. We support United Plant Savers in their work to bring these concerns to light by providing the forum, the knowledge and the tools for new relationships with land and herbal accessibility through their dedicated work on Conservation through Cultivation.”

- Mimi Hernandez, Executive Director, American Herbalists Guild

Contact Susan Leopold susan@unitedplantsavers.org

Our team overseeing the grant market analysis:
Erika G Galentin, MNIMH Medical Herbalist,
Alison Ormsby, PhD faculty UNC Ashville,
Susan Leopold PhD, Director United Plant Savers.

United Plant Savers at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

United Plant Savers at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
Caption: Danna Leaman (co-chair, IUCN Medicinal Plant Specialist Group); Susan Leopold; Alison Ormsby; Anastasiya Timoshyna (TRAFFIC)
Susan Leopold and Alison Ormsby from United Plant Savers/Sacred Seeds attended the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in September in Honolulu, Hawaii. The World Conservation Congress is only held every four years. This year’s gathering brought 9,000 people from around the world together to discuss conservation successes and challenges, and set goals for the future. The IUCN is a well-known global conservation organization, based in Switzerland, that sets international conservation policy and produces the Red List publication that assesses that status of species.

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Call for Articles: 2017 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation

Dear Friends and Members of United Plant Savers, The time has come to collect new articles for our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, to be published in Spring 2017. We invite all of our members and supporters to tell their stories and share their knowledge and experiences in this upcoming issue. If you have participated in research or have stories or news of interest about “At-Risk” or native medicinal plants, please share with our membership.

The theme for the Spring 2017 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservationis Community and Action.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY?WHAT ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS? HOW DO WE CREATE COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT LOCAL HERBALISM?HOW DO WE ACTIVATE OUR HERBAL COMMUNITIES? This year we have seen the herbal community rise into action for herbal grief care, for herbal clinics, and for herbal wellness and healing. We want to hear your stories. We welcome your submission and we do have a selective process so not all submission will be published but we will try and share them through emails and social media when possible.

Submission Deadline: January 10, 2017

Submission Guidelines

  • All documents must be in WORD format.
  • Please limit word count to 800 or
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Save the Date: Planting the Future, Medicinal Plant Conservation in the Driftless Region

Save the Date: Planting the Future, Medicinal Plant Conservation in the Driftless Region

Save the Date!

In 2013, United Plant Savers had an amazing event at the beautiful 8,569 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Join us again in 2017, we will be back at Kickapoo with an amazing day of sharing plant knowledge and strengthening the herbal ties of the Driftless region. We have an amazing line-up of teachers and will be announcing class titles and schedule in the coming months.

Mark your summer calendar and tell your friends!August 12, 2017

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UpS Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

UpS Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

2017 Dates Announced for the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

Hard Working? Motivated to learn about medicinal plants? Want an opportunity to live and work on United Plant Savers' 360-acre Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Ohio? Participants work 30 hours/week doing a variety of medicinal plant conservation and cultivation projects.

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2016 Goldenseal Roots - Members Only Sale

2016 Goldenseal Roots - Members Only Sale Dear Members,

Its time to order your Fall roots!

Click on the link below to order your Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) roots, while supplies last, to plant in your gardens and woodlots. We will be packing and shipping the first week in October so be prepared to plant your roots when they arrive. Planting instructions will be included. If you do not receive your roots by the second week in October, please contact our office immediately. In addition, if you have made a duplicate order, or are not a member to United Plant Savers, your order will be refunded and you will receive a refund email from United Plant Savers through PayPal.
  • This offer is for MEMBERS only.
  • So there are enough to go around, please only ONE order per member.
  • CANADIAN / INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS: Due to CITES listing for Goldenseal, we are unable to ship Goldenseal rhizomes to you. We will ship you Collinsonia canadensis (Stoneroot) instead.
  • Each order contains 3 viable rhizomes with growth buds. Our charge is simply to cover our costs.

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TRAFFIC Bulletin Article

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. http://www.traffic.org/  

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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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Upcoming Events

Planting the Future Kickapoo 200x300

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And just a short drive away
while you're in the region...

Humoural Temperaments
for Mongrel Herbalists -
with Jim McDonald
August 13 & 14
at Echo Valley Farm, Onatario, WI
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The 30th Anniversary Celebration Of The New England Women’s Herbal Conference

August 25 ~ 27, 2017
Camp Wicosuta located in Hebron, NH

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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:
Tue. Sept. 5 - Fri. Oct. 13

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