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July 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 a medicinal herb farmer, mother, educator, and community healer. After serving as teacher and principal in the public school for the last 15 years, Melanie now applies her background in education, administration and farming to develop and lead workshops on medicinal herbs and their production. With her husband Jeff Carpenter, Melanie is co-authoring The Organic Medicinal Herb Farm to be published by Chelsea Green Publishers in the spring of 2015. To learn more about Melanie and Zack Woods Herb Farm check out this amazing documentary from Tea Dragon Films:

 

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.   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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