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Updated 2012

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UNITED PLANT SAVERS ~ ACTIVELY PLANTING THE FUTURE

Many of our members are interested in growing medicinal plants, both individually and commercially with the focus on restoring those on the UpS “At-Risk” and “To-Watch” lists. Since 1996 we have been compiling names of individuals, nurseries and farms that supply these plants. Our intention is to not only provide members with resources of where to obtain these plants, but to make the ethical business of medicinal plant propagation more profitable than the practice of wild collection of “At-Risk” plants. Generally the wild collection of seed for resale purposes is considered ethical as long as the regenerative potential of wild plant colonies is not jeopardized. The resources listed in this catalogue have been contacted directly by UpS and have filled out a statement form that states they are selling nursery-propagated stock. When ordering seeds/plants/herbs from any of these companies, let them know that you saw their listing in the UpS Nursery and Bulk Herb Directory.

This is an ongoing project and we continually update the Directory. If you know of other resources that should be included or individuals you think we should contact, please let us know. Send information on nurseries, farmers and growers directly to UpS Nursery and Bulk Herb Directory, P.O. Box 400, East Barre, VT 05649.
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UpS adds 6 species of Native Hawaiian Sandalwood to its 'At-Risk' list The 'At-Risk' list has been used since UpS was established as a way to bring awareness to the vulnerability of overharvesting of native medicinal plants. The criteria that UpS considers in adding a new species takes into account the morphology of how the species grows and reproduces, the distribution range of the species, and the market demand for the species relative to the species population. Native 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

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Goldenseal Sanctuary spring intern Ted Martello (aka TMello) is hiking the Appalachian trail as a fundraiser for United Plant Savers. TMello is proposing a penny for each mile he walks southbound from the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. His goal is to reach the trail's end by November or December, a total of 2175 miles (for a total of $21.75). Read TMello's blog at http://sobo2ga.blogspot.com/ Suggested donation amounts: One penny for each mile = 21.75 Five cents for each mile =108.75 Ten cents for each mile =217.50

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News: Tree Planting CompletedExciting news at the Goldenseal Sanctuary, riparian restoration has begun with the planting of 5,232 seedlings consisting of 1,000 Sugar Maples, 1,000 Black Walnut, 1,000 Red Oak, 940 Persimmon, 400 Black Cherry, 367 Sweet Gum, 175 Red Osier Dogwood, 175 Red Bud, and 175 Sassafras. Tree planting was done by Williams Forestry and Associates as noted in photos below. Amazingly, this team of tree planters arrived in the morning and quickly set up the marking flags for the tree planting, trimmed the roots and dipped the trees to prepare them for planting. They then took off into the fields with their mattocks and put the wips into the ground. By 4 p.m. that same day they were finished. This project was overseen by Megis Soil and Water Conservation District. Funds for the project were set aside due to a catastrophic mine flooding that took place in July of 1993, this tree planting project is part of a larger mission to restore the Leading Creek Watershed.

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News:  Black Cohosh Medicinal Plant Sustainability Study! Volunteers NeededJune 16-19th at Reddish Knob (west of Harrisonburg, VA) and/or July 14-17th at Mount Rogers (near Marion, VA) Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is shade growing herbaceous perennial used to help ameliorate symptoms of menopause. Market interest is growing for many wild-harvested medicinal plants. In 2001 over 92 tons of black cohosh was harvested (USFWS 2002). More than 98% of black cohosh was harvested from the wild. Monitoring this natural resource is essential to identifying sustainable harvest levels. We are hoping for 22-25 volunteers to inventory, monitor and harvest black cohosh plants. Come and join us in the woods to have an interesting, productive and fun time contributing to vital research that will help identify better management practices for this significant medicinal plant. For more information contact: Dr. Jim Chamberlain: jachambe@vt.edu or 540-231-3611 or Liz Hiebert ehiebert@vt.edu Please copy both of us in all communications.

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Spring Seed Giveaway 2011! Grow historical herbs that are still important medicines today! This year's spring seed giveaway consists of 1 packet each of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) and Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). Seeds are all grown by Horizon Herbs. Planting instructions will be included with your order. To order seeds, please send your name, mailing address and a check or money order for $5 (to cover shipping & handling) by April 1, 2011 to: UpS Spring Seed Giveaway PO Box 400, East Barre, VT 05649 Current members only, one order per member. We’ll send the orders out in early April, but you will still be able to order while supplies last.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the Tennessee purple coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis) from the list of threatened and endangered species, marking the success of a decades-long cooperative conservation effort under the Endangered Species Act. “More than 30 years of protecting and expanding Tennessee purple coneflower colonies finally brought success to the Service and its conservation partners,” said Cindy Dohner, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. “Thanks to the efforts of many people, adequate regulations exist to protect the plant’s populations, and these populations have stabilized to the point that the species has recovered and no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.” In addition, successful recovery efforts increased the known number and distribution of Tennessee purple coneflower populations range-wide, and provided adequate protection and management to ensure the plant’s long-term survival and recovery. When first listed in 1979, the coneflower was found only in small populations in Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties, each considered a unique population. Currently, this plant exists in limestone barrens and cedar glades of the Central Basin in Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties in Tennessee. This recovery success story is the result of conservation efforts by many partners who worked

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