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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. To read our presentation download the pdf. pdf icon
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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

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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)

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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

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