January 17, 2014 - Dear members and supporters, we wanted to let you know that United Plant Savers and our colleagues involved with American Ginseng Conservation continue to pursue the History Channel regarding the content of this series. Last night's episode was saturated with error and misguidance especially in regards to the misidentification of plants, sale of dry vs fresh roots, the cost of roots per pound, and the inappropriate harvesting of underage plants. In addition, we are all still very concerned about the illegal harvest on both private and public lands that is being portrayed.
If you share our concern, please feel free to contact the network directly: The parent company of the History Channel is AE Network. Feedback on the program can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or to A&E Television Networks, 235 East 45th Street, New York, New York 10017; or phone or fax the network at: 212-210-1400 (phone) or 212-210-9016 (fax). You can also contact them through the History Channel Facebook page. Please, as always, be respectful and professional in your communications.
Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:14am, United Plant Savers released the following national statement regarding the content of the new series 'Appalachian Outlaws' which premiered Thursday evening on the History Channel: United Plant Savers warns History Channel about dangers of promoting harvest of threatened species.
January 10, 2014 (ATHENS, OH) United Plant Savers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of medicinal plants native to the United States and Canada. As advocates for the dwindling populations of wild American Ginseng, United Plant Savers is expressing concern to the History Channel and its viewers over how the harvest of wild American Ginseng is being portrayed in the recent series ‘Appalachian Outlaws’. This concern stems from the potential over-glorification of American Ginseng harvest in the wake of increasing levels of illegal harvest on state and federal lands, which has recently gained national media attention and is threatening the survival of the species in the wild. “United Plant Savers is concerned that the content of this show will have a negative impact on American Ginseng conservation and could lead to further illegal harvesting,” states Executive Director, Susan Leopold. With the intention of reducing pressures on wild populations of American Ginseng…
Celebration of the Cohoshes’ was a celebration indeed. On September 28, 2013, researchers, medicinal herb growers, herbalists and students alike gathered in the spirit of medicinal plant conservation and were kept company by the warm autumn sun and brilliant glow of the hills at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio.
The event hosted classes in wild-simulated cultivation, propagation techniques, and herbal medicine therapeutics and use of black and blue cohosh (Actaea racemosa and Caulophyllum thalictroides). Folklore and history surrounding these Ohio natives were also celebrated, providing a well-rounded educational experience on not only conserving and perpetuating the source of these native medicinal plants but also cultivating a better understanding of the consumers of these herbs, their therapeutic value, and their demand in the natural products marketplace. Although the event was structured around the conservation and use of black and blue cohosh, many of Ohio’s native medicinal plants were also attended to throughout the conference. Tanner Filyaw, Forest Botanicals Specialist from Rural Action taught on the cultivation of Ramp (Allium tricoccum ) as a non-timber forest product. There were also classes in wild-simulated cultivation and propagation of American ginseng taught by Chip Carroll of Woodland Wise Botanicals and Ed…
Help Save the Plants! is Reprinted with Permission by OnePercentforthePlanet.org As the medicinal herb industry grows and the habitat for native plants diminishes, these plants are at-risk of over harvesting and potentially disappearing completely. Meanwhile, the health care industry is realizing just how important regional herbal medicine is to the vitality of local communities. Did you know that goldenseal is a powerful agent against the deadly bacteria that causes MRSA infection? Not only are people losing access to vital regional medicine, but the world is losing the plant diversity that is critical to ecosystem services, like processing carbon, and food for pollinators.
United Plant Savers (UpS) is the only organization advocating for the sustainability of native medicinal plants and encouraging conservation through cultivation. Placing plants on an At-Risk List has been a great first step for protecting these plants; however, shifting land use practices and the increasing demands of the natural products industry require additional effort. UpS empowers its members to make a difference by creating native plant Sanctuaries in their own backyards and by promoting the responsible purchasing of herbal medicines. “It takes a lot of maturity, a maturity that the human species is still working toward,…
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