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SAVE THE DATE: The Future of Ginseng and Forest …

20-09-2016 Latest News

The Future of American Ginseng and Appalachian Forest Botanicals Symposium CONSERVATION • CULTIVATION • COMMERCE July 12-14, 2017 Morgantown, West Virginia (Waterfront Place Hotel) This symposium, spearheaded by United Plant Savers and in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is a forum for presenting current research and documenting...

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2016 Goldenseal Roots - Members Only Sale

29-08-2016 Latest News

Dear Members, Its time to order your Fall roots! Click on the link below to order your Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) roots, while supplies last, to plant in your gardens and woodlots. We will be packing and shipping the first week in October so be prepared to plant...

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TRAFFIC Bulletin Article

17-05-2016 Latest News

Read Forest-Grown Ginseng Verification Programme Addresses Illegal Trade, by our own Susan Leopold and Alison Ormsby, University of North Carolina Asheville, featured in this month's TRAFFIC Bulletin. The TRAFFIC Bulletin is a publication of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, which is the leading non-governmental organization...

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Sanctity of Sanctuary Streaming Event for Member…

23-02-2016 Latest News

In honor of our March Membership Month, and as a special thank you to our members, we wanted to share the movie Sanctity of Sanctuary featuring Paul Strauss Equinox farm. The true story and documentary highlights how the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary came into...

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Leaf People adopts Hawaiian Sandalwood

02-12-2015 Latest News

Native Hawaiian Sandalwood is extremely vulnerable to overharvesting and risk of extinction due to the fact that it takes more that 40 years to mature, and harvesting involves taking the entire tree. Furthermore the sandalwood tree is a hemi-parasite species meaning that it needs to...

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UpS Helps Kick Off Forest Grown Program

01-12-2015 Latest News

Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain was a “first of its kind” event that United Plant Savers held in November with support from Mountain Rose Herbs, Penn State, PCO and Virginia Tech. How much longer can the ecosystem support the constant wild...

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UpS Helps Send Kids to Summer Sassafras Camp

24-08-2015 Latest News

Sassafras Camp adjacent to the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary is an outdoor nature and arts camp focused on environmental and ecological education, theater, yoga, art, music, games, and play. 2015 highlights were studying macroinvertebrates and water quality, medicinal plant study and salve making, arrowhead class, Native...

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Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a N…

29-07-2015 Latest News

PRINT OUT EVENT FLYER United Plant Savers is excited to co-sponsor this event specific for those who are actively engaged in stewardship of forest botanicals. UpS supports the efforts of forest grown botanicals as a critical component of conservation of at-risk native medicinal plants many of...

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Nurturing Your Botanical Sanctuary Workshop

16-07-2015 Latest News

October 1-2, 2015Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, USA Through the generous support of New Chapter we are thrilled to be offering this two-day workshop to those who are current Botanical Sanctuary Network members and Sacred Seed Garden members. This is an opportunity for members of these two networks...

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Spring 2012 Internship Program Update

Spring 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 an American Plum tree were also planted at the Sanctuary in honor of this spring's internship session.

The 2nd group of spring interns arrived in early June. Interns this spring came in from New York, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. One of our interns rode her bicycle up from outside of Louisville, Kentucky in 90 degree weather and made it here in less than 2-days!

Grubbing out multi-flora rose from near the trails was a good warm up to moving the 300+ lb bridge by hand 1-mile through the woods to its new location at the creek crossing for the Lost Holler Trail. The UpS Interns worked hard to play hard. At the end of most days it is common that the interns will be found in the Heart Pond doing “water botany” or at least that’s what they say they are doing as they enjoy the cool crispness of a spring pond.

Interns also had the opportunity to help harvest and process mullein flowers for Equinox Botanical's Garlic Mullein Ear Oil. Seeing the process all the way through from harvesting to bottling the final product really helps to give perspective on the great care and effort it takes to make a high quality herbal medicine.

Once the interns settle into their new Sanctuary environment they quickly mesh into the larger community, getting eggs, milk and butter from the Amish farm that adjoins the Sanctuary and harvesting herbs from neighbors’ fields. Besides carrying the lion's share of necessary work that must be done on the Sanctuary and providing UpS with the ability to accomplish this, the interns bring a much appreciated outside perspective to the Sanctuary and the larger community. They share ideas and visions with us and perhaps more importantly they carry our mission and the work we do back out into the “real world” with them when they leave. (Spring Crew from left to Right are Annie, Jenn, Liana, Morgan, and Kenton)

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