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2015 Spring Seeds for Members: Ramps & Cohos…

02-03-2015 Latest News weatherly

2015 Spring Seeds for Members: Ramps & Cohosh

Don’t Miss Out On Our Annual Seed Opportunity For Members One of the many perks of maintaining your membership with United Plant Savers is being able to participate in our annual SEED and ROOT programs. For this 2015 Spring Seeds for Members, we have chosen Cohosh...

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Planting the Future: Stewardship of Sanctuary, O…

05-11-2014 Latest News

Planting the Future: Stewardship of Sanctuary, October 4, 2014 at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio.

OCTOBER 4, 2014 RUTLAND, OH The weather was literally 20 degrees warmer with full sun the day before our big event at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. We were still in set up mode the evening before as the grumpy cumulus clouds...

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United Plant Savers and Sacred Seeds join forces…

29-10-2014 Latest News

United Plant Savers and Sacred Seeds join forces to expand mission of medicinal plant conservation

OCTOBER 2014, FRONT ROYAL, VA Susan Leopold, Executive Director, United Plant Savers United Plant Savers is thrilled to announce our merger with Sacred Seeds. Sacred Seeds is a global network of sanctuaries preserving biodiversity and plant knowledge through living gardens, containing locally important plants focused...

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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) in Collabora…

28-10-2014 Latest News

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) in Collaboration with United Plant Savers (UpS) Embarks on  Osha Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® August 15, 2014 The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), in collaboration with United Plant Savers (UpS) as well as noted research botanist Kelly Kindscher of the University of Kansas and other acknowledged experts, is in the process of developing an AHP Monograph and...

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Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or …

20-10-2014 Latest News

Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or Encouraging Extinction?

By Glynis Board of West Virginia Broadcasting For original publication and audio segment click here. OCT 9, 2014 A new reality TV show that features ginseng hunting premiered this week. Smoky Mountain Gold pits four teams against each other to see who can collect the most wild-ginseng...

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A new chapter in the story of Hawaii's sandalwoo…

01-08-2014 Latest News

A new chapter in the story of Hawaii's sandalwood trees has begun, Hana Hou Magazine JULY 2014

JULY 2014 During the Spring of 2014, our Executive Director, Susan Leopold travels to Hawaii to investigate the ongoing sustainability issues regarding the harvest of native Hawaiian Sandalwood and the various mapping, replanting, and conservation projects taking place on the Big Island. During her...

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Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant …

31-07-2014 Latest News

Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant Savers 2014 Community Grants cycle closes having supported a spectacular season of projects.

JULY 31, 2014 (RUTLAND, OH) Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant Savers 2014 Community Grants cycle closes having supported a spectacular season of projects. This was a popular year for United Plant Savers Community Grants program. This program, only available to our...

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Stakeholders Meet for Ginseng Summit, Discuss In…

17-07-2014 Latest News

Stakeholders Meet for Ginseng Summit, Discuss Industry To-Dos, To-Don’ts, Ta-Das

JULY 16, 2014, RUTLAND, OH United Plant Savers was honored to host the 2014 American Ginseng Summit last month at our Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, OH. Read below for an overview of what was spoken about in regards to safe-guarding wild populations of...

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United Plant Savers welcomes two new members to …

15-07-2014 Latest News

United Plant Savers welcomes two new members to our Board of Directors

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...

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Silver Bough Farm Botanical Sanctuary

Applegate, OR
Sanctury Steward: Barbara Hughey

We moved to SW Oregon two and half years ago. When we first saw what would be our new home we marveled at the different kinds of environments that were here. Forested hillsides, gave way to bright sunny open fields, and from south to north there is a lovely creek, overhung with big trees. Alders, oaks and ash form the canopy. The creek is very beautiful. The sound of the water, and the wonderful plants, animals, birds and insects that are sustained by it creates a peaceful sanctuary. We were enchanted. However, we realized right away that this place needed some attention. A “hands off” attitude towards nature had led this magic spot to be overrun by an invasive plant tangle of Himalayan Blackberry.

I should mention that we were able to get started with this work with the help of our local Watershed Council. There are about eighty of them in Oregon. The WC’s do on the ground restoration projects all over the state to foster biodiversity and habitat enhancement. Through this wonderful organization, we were able to secure a grant to employ some expert help to get us on our way with a rather daunting task. Removal of the vigorous blackberry starts with a big dose of manpower. The highly experienced crew that came through, with chain saws and drip torches, to knock back the invader species, did a beautiful job. Despite the aggressive nature of this initial effort, the delicate plants in the vicinity of the work were carefully considered, and they came through with flying colors and a new lease on life. We were also then able to introduce some important species that were lacking, such as Ponderosa Pine, vine maple, and incense cedar.

After two and a half years, with a commitment to our job as responsible stewards and a diligent maintenance regime, we have really begun to see the fruits of our labor. The Mint, Mimulus, Spikenard, Equisetum, Elderberry, Trilliums, Dicentra, Sasparilla, and Hawthorn, among many others, all have more room, light, and water, to help them really thrive, and reproduce.

To maintain this progress we still need to work hard, but we are managing to keep up with it. We have already been able to host a couple of group visits to our newly restored riparian zone. As a newly formed Botanical Sanctuary we intend to do more of these, so as to help encourage others to take on these projects. It is our goal to honor and to protect the native diversity of this remarkable place.

As a life long plant person and gardener, I have always felt that if we participate with the right attitude, and a lot of learning, that we can be successful partners with our environment. I realized that the idea of our living separate from nature was a completely false construct. The healing nature of plants makes this abundantly clear, which gives intrinsic value to conservation. United Plant Savers reinforced this direction in my life’s path. Now is a critical time for us to sincerely adopt an active role in a restoration of the balance.

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June 12-14
International Herb Symposium
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Norton, MA

August 28-30
New England Women’s Herbal Conference
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Newfound Lake, NH

May 1-3
Gaia Gathering for Women
Charlottesville, VA

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