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Ranking Tool Created for Medicinal Plants at Risk of Being Overharvested in the Wild

JULY 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

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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The 30th Anniversary Celebration Of The New England Women’s Herbal Conference

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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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