• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium

The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies along with Tai Sophia Institute has recently published two plant monographs based on the UpS 'at-risk' list: Black Cohosh and Goldenseal.The following plant monographs are soon to be published (False Unicorn, Stone root, Wild Yam, Boneset, American Ginseng, Blood root, Slippery Elm, Wild Indigo, and Pipsissewa)
The Mission of The Appalachian Plant Monographs project is:

  • To preserve Appalachian culture by documenting the traditional uses of native Appalachian plants. This aspect distinguishes this project from many other monographs.
  • To encourage the cultivation of economically important plants and insure sustainability by providing resources for growers and harvesters. To provide resources for students, practitioners, researchers, and the general public.
  • To integrate indigenous knowledge with modern research by providing access to both aspects of understanding.

To view monographs visit: http://www.frostburg.edu/aces/appalachian-plants/

Saving SandalwoodMake your voice heard to the state of Hawaii about protection of sandalwood by answering the survey below. Click here to fill out the questionnaire from the state of Hawaii http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BGQNND. I recently returned from the dynamic Sandalwood Symposium that UpS helped co-organize along with the International Sandalwood Symposium. This historic four-day event was filled with 30 presentations with over 100 participants from 8 different countries that clearly represented those who are most deeply connected to the sandalwood trade, cultivation, research, and conservation. The symposium was held at the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center, where large rooms overlook a stunning Japanese garden. One of the most moving moments for me at the conference was the dancing done by the students of the Illiah School on the eve of the opening day. The elementary students remind us that plants form the cultural foundation and the presence of those plants in the local ecology is critical to sustaining cultural heritage for the future of Hawaii's youth. Read the 2012 ISS Book (PDF 1.9 mb). United Plant Savers presented its concern in regards to Hawaiian Sandalwood and the role of the UpS 'At-Risk' tool to identify potential plants of concern.


The Teacher CardThe Teacher Card.I met Joanna Powell Colbert at the The Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference two years ago at Ghost Ranch. As I sat down to have a reading with her beautifully illustrated Gaian Tarot, she shared with me how her inspiration for the teacher card came from the UpS poster “If you listen they will teach you” donated by artist Kevin Morgan. I loved how Joanna’s teacher card portrays someone posed in meditation sitting in front of a western cedar surrounded by five medicinal herbs: dandelion, stinging nettles, garlic, yarrow and comfrey. This seemed so fitting to the mission of UpS because if we use these common herbs that are such potent and abundant medicine, we take the pressure off of the native herbs of the forest that are on our “At-Risk” list. These vulnerable plants are not as abundant, reproduce slowly, and depend on a fragile pristine habitat that is under stress due to development, fragmentation, invasive species, over harvesting, and poaching. As a teenager I read Tom Brown’s book The Tracker. Grandfather was Tom Brown’s teacher who taught the way of the coyote, these lessons further inspired the teacher card. How do we as teachers share


The Conway School of Landscape Design was hired for a master plan project for the Goldenseal Sanctuary in Ohio. The Conway School is a unique masters program that has a strong focus on native plants and ecological design, www.csld.org. Two dedicated students, Christina Gibson and Evelyn Lane, spent a week at the sanctuary this past spring. They worked on several maps, one being a base map of the entrance area encompassing the yurt. The main goal of the project was to design a clearer welcome entrance, educational facilities, propagation areas and invasive plant management of open fields. Now completed, the project plans are online, and will hopefully serve as an inspiration for sanctuaries across the country. Download the 2012 Conway Report (PDF 3.2 mb)


Spring 2012 Internship Program UpdateSpring 2012 Internship Program Update The spring 2012 program started off with 4 interns arriving in early May and work began in earnest to bring the Sanctuary out of its winter hibernation in preparation for the busy season. Interns worked diligently with staff to prepare for our Mother's Day "Love Your Mother" event at the Sanctuary. Despite the day long downpour about 50 people showed up on Mother's Day to hike and attend classes in the rain. Besides the many hours of weeding and reclaiming the landscape, the first group of spring interns also worked hard to help improve and maintain the Sanctuary's trail system by cleaning up and clearing all of the winter's downed and storm damaged trees that seem to always fall right across the trails; botanizing all along the way. Along with the day-to-day work that is required to try to maintain a 360-acre piece of property, the buildings, landscape, herb beds, gardens and trails, interns participated in a wide variety of classes presented by local teachers and entrepreneurs in the community. Classes ranged from the basics of medicine making & percolations to Tom Brown styled woods awareness exercises and the business of herbs. Several Hazelnuts and


On the Frack Lines of Southeast Ohio Sasha Michelle White Athens County, Ohio, just north of United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary, sits atop the western most edge of the Utica Shale layer. For over the past year the hottest topic of debate in Athens County has been, yes, you guessed it, fracking. “Fracking”, shorthand for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, is being touted by the energy industry and their government mouthpieces as the panacea for our country’s energy, economic and security blues. As most of us know, panaceas usually fall short of their promise. And while the fracking boom is certainly putting money into some pockets, this “cure-all” carries a list of side effects about as long as our most notorious pharmaceuticals. Each well fracked requires the following: 3 to 5 acres of land flattened and compressed and layered with gravel; 4 million gallons of fresh water, either diverted from a local waterway or trucked in; compressor stations with constant noise and off-gassing; pipelines crisscrossing the countryside; clouds of silica dust; seismic thumping; 24-hour drilling with noise and lights and traffic; and a slew of leftover “brine” waste that includes an undisclosed and often untested chemical cocktail of heavy metals, carcinogens, immune


By Susan Leopold Invasive plants bring up many questions about how plants travel, how they take hold in various niches, how plants thrive and evolve and how they go extinct. This issue of invasives also begs the question as to what our role is at this moment, as the rate of extinction we are experiencing on a global scale is dramatically accelerated due to human activity. If you choose to fight invasive plants, you engage in battle that at times seems futile, but as you see intact habitat become more fragmented and native plants we love become rarer, then you can’t help but engage in these questions, and—as stewards of the wildlands—stand guard. For me personally, the loss of biodiversity and the rate of extinction could be no more severe in my presence than on my recent trip to Hawaii this past winter to research the logging of the last intact stand of endemic mountain sandalwood. United Plant Savers used existing data to map the historic range of sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum) and to then compare it to current populations we mapped, layered over data of habitat that had been completely taken over by invasive plants. This area is primarily the


Fall Intern Update 2012 The fall internship is quite different then the spring internship because the fall is an opportunity to collect seeds, prune back woody shrubs, dig roots, clear summer storm damage from trails, pull invasive plants and put gardens to bed. This fall the interns had a special guest teacher Peter Heus, of Enchanter's Garden, from Hinton WV. Peter, as the owner of a native plant nursery, is a master seed collector and wizard of native plant propagation. Interns have been busy - digging and packing all those goldenseal roots for you, our members, and using the goldenseal to make Kloss’s liniment. If you up to it here’s a great website on how to make your own: http://www.learningherbs.com/jethro_kloss.html.Interns make many other types of medicine, along with drying herbs, and collecting seeds from our heart pond and prairie: rose mallow hibiscus, ludwigia, liatris, and indiangrass. Seeds of the fringe tree, passionflower, and the green dragon (Arisaema dracontium), are also collected and processed. Interns each week have a class with local plant folks from the community, thanks to Diane Don Carlos, David Keller, Hank Huggins, Paul Strauss, Rebecca Wood, Chip Carroll and Caty Crabb. Beyond the


Just Happened Events! Ohio and Oregon...PLANTING THE FUTURE IN OHIO Love Your Mother Earth on Mother’s Day was the inspiration for a Planting the Future event that was held at the Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland Ohio, this past May 20, 2012. Though it was a rainy spring day, many folks turned out for an inspiring day of classes. Thanks to our teachers, Rosemary Gladstar, who taught about creating sanctuary; Paul Strauss, who lead an all morning hike through the misty rain; Chip Carroll, who taught about forest cultivation; and Sasha White, who led a plant walk in the afternoon. Other highlights were a plant dyeing class with Emma Rose Huggins and Rebecca Woods' essential oils and bath salts class. Diane DonCarlos, Betzy Bancroft and Caty Crabb rounded out a day full of herbal wisdom. Rosemary Gladstar (founder), Susan Leopold (Executive Director) and Joey Viny (board member) hosted a members' meeting in the Yurt after lunch. Notes taken from the meeting documented some great membership comments; here are the highlights: [INDENT]1) Plant Rescue Guide One member suggested UpS put together a resource document on information related to how one organizes a plant rescue in their local neighborhood; many others have written about this topic over the years,


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