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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The Future of Ginseng and Fo…

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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"Celebration of the Cohoshes" at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary was a huge success!

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.

CelebrationAlthough 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 Flecther of Stategic Sourcing. These classes on American ginseng, whose conservation continues to be of high priority to United Plant Savers, were able to create more momentum from the current national media attention to the plight of American ginseng (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57601454/ginseng-poaching-threatens-survival-of-plant-species/) and the United Plant Savers ‘Save American ginseng’ petition through change.org (http://www.change.org/petitions/save-american-ginseng-panax-quinquefolius). The Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary was also honored by a visit from Adam Seitz of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, who came to speak to the organization and our presenters about a 3rd party verification program for growers and processors of forest-grown American ginseng that is being launched in 2014.

CelebrationThe Goldenseal Sanctuary (https://www.facebook.com/GoldensealSanctuary) is a special place. And like all special places it harnesses the ability to inspire hope and purpose in the lives of those who come here. We had the opportunity to engage and speak with some of our members who attended the event. One member in particular had a very poignant and humble truth to share. “This place is special’ she says, “and it special because you have to seek it out. Therefore, the people that come here to participate in these events do so earnestly. “

There is no doubt that smiles of fulfillment and furrowed brows of pensive thought were expressed by all. One of the most exciting observations from the day, from both presenters and our executive director Susan Leopold, was the amount of younger people who attended this event. Their presence at events such as this is what drives the mission of United Plant Savers and the work of medicinal plant conservationists and growers. In the mission statement of United Plant Savers, we make a vow to future generations. Their presence at this event lets us know that they are hearing us and feel inspired to seek us out. We would like to cordially thank Molly Jo Stanley and Hocking College of Nelsonville, Ohio, one of our Partners in Education, for continually encouraging their students to join our organization and participate in our events.

United Plant Savers was also significantly excited by the attendance of many of our local community members from Athens and Meigs County, Ohio. These are exciting times for our organization, inclusive of the recent move of our ‘base of operations’ from Vermont to the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. There are so many fantastic organizations and proactive individuals within the SE Ohio Appalachian region. We are very much looking forward to engaging and building reciprocal relationships with our local community as we move forward…’Planting the Future’.
United Plant Savers and Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary would like to thank our presenters for donating their time, resources, and knowledge to providing participants with such a rich educational experience. Ed Fletcher (http://www.strategicsourcinginc.net/Strategic Sourcing Inc.), Amanda Vickers (http://www.bentcreekinstitute.org/Bent Creek Institute), Betzy Bancroft (http://www.vtherbcenter.org/Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism), Caty Crabb (Wildfire Herbs), Rebecca Wood (Hopewood Holistic Health), Mimi Hernandez (http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/American Herbalists Guild), Marlene Waechter, CPM (Ohio Midwives Alliance), Tanner Filyaw (http://ruralaction.org/Rural Action), Maureen Burns-Hooker (http://www.herbalsage.com/Herbal Sage Tea Company), Chip Carroll (Woodland Wise Botanicals), Robert Eidus (http://www.ncgoldenseal.com/North Carolina Ginseng and Goldenseal Co.), Sasha White (United Plant Savers), and Marlene Waechter, CPM (Ohio Midwife Alliance).

United Plant Savers would also like to take the opportunity to thank our national and regional sponsors for assisting us in producing such a fulfilling event: Mountain Rose Herbs (http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/), American Herbalists Guild, Herbal Sage Tea Company, the Farmacy (, Chelsea’s Real Food, and Rural Action. We would also like to thank Controlled Folly (https://www.facebook.com/controlledfolly.muka?fref=ts) from Athens, Ohio for providing great music for all as we watched the sun set over the hills of Meigs County. What an incredible day!

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