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PRESS RELEASE: UpS Awarded Grant

13-11-2016 Latest News

United Plant Savers announces grant awarded for the market analysis and development of Forest Grown ginseng and Appalachian botanicals to address conservation concerns for sustainable sourcing in the supply chain of wild harvested herbs. Rutland, Ohio (November, 2016) Founded in 1994, United Plant Savers has been the...

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United Plant Savers at the IUCN World Conservati…

11-11-2016 Latest News

Caption: Danna Leaman (co-chair, IUCN Medicinal Plant Specialist Group); Susan Leopold; Alison Ormsby; Anastasiya Timoshyna (TRAFFIC) Susan Leopold and Alison Ormsby from United Plant Savers/Sacred Seeds attended the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in September in Honolulu, Hawaii. The...

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Call for Articles: 2017 Journal of Medicinal Pla…

11-11-2016 Latest News

Dear Friends and Members of United Plant Savers, The time has come to collect new articles for our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, to be published in Spring 2017. We invite all of our members and supporters to tell their stories and share their knowledge...

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Planting the Future: Medicinal Plant Conservati…

26-10-2016 Latest News

Save the Date! In 2013, United Plant Savers had an amazing event at the beautiful 8,569 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Join us again in 2017, we will be back at Kickapoo with an amazing day...

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UpS Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Pro…

24-10-2016 Latest News

2017 Dates Announced for the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program Hard Working? Motivated to learn about medicinal plants? Want an opportunity to live and work on United Plant Savers' 360-acre Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Ohio? Participants work 30 hours/week doing a variety of medicinal plant conservation...

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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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Apply for Membership in the BSN Network

BSN MemberApply to join the BSN network of over 90 Botanical Sanctuaries across the country.

The mission of United Plant Savers is to preserve, conserve and restore native medicinal plants and their habitats of the USA and Canada, while ensuring their abundant, renewable supply for future generations. To this end, United Plant Savers established one of our most important projects: the Botanical Sanctuary Network. As we became more deeply involved in the complexities of medicinal plant conservation, we realized that one must first preserve and protect the habitat in which our native plant communities thrive. What better way than to create a network of sanctuaries dedicated to restoring and preserving habitat for wildlife, both plants and animals.

Below is a link to download the application as a pdf.file. You can then use it as a template to base your application on.

Please take the time to read all the criteria listed below before submitting an application.

UpS is in the process of establishing a network of medicinal botanical sanctuaries throughout the country. Our goal is to help establish Botanical Sanctuaries that not only serve as rich depositories for 'at risk' North American medicinal plants, but also serve as educational centers for plant conservation and organic cultivation. These Botanical Sanctuaries will also serve as important seed and germplasm repositories. Your land, once acknowledged as a UpS Botanical Sanctuary, can use the UpS emblem to identify themselves as such. UpS Botanical Sanctuaries are eligible for special UpS planting grants. UpS Botanical Sanctuaries will be listed on our website and social media channels, where you will also have the opportunity to promote classes and workshops taking place on your Sanctuary. You will also have the opportunity to publish your Sanctuary story in our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation and/or our website. To apply for UpS Botanical Sanctuary status, individuals and/or groups need meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be current members (at any level of membership) of UpS and continue to maintain current membership to remain in the BSN network.
  • A one-time fee of $100 must accompany the application to the BSN.
  • The land needs to be either privately owned by the parties applying for the UpS Botanical Sanctuary status, or in a previously established land trust. Under special circumstances public land may also qualify.
  • The land needs to be either already richly endowed with native species or be in the process of being planted with them. Some of the plants listed on the UpS 'at risk' and/or 'to watch' lists should be represented when appropriate to the Sanctuary's ecosystem.

A major aspect of UpS Botanical Sanctuaries is the educational or land consultation aspect. What is your primary educational purpose for applying for UpS Botanical Sanctuary status? How do you propose to achieve this?

Land considered a UpS Botanical Sanctuary should to be open to the public for a period of time for educational purposes (either one day a week, or one day a month, available to students, or other scheduled events). What is your prospective time for being open to the public? And how do you propose doing this? i.e, self guided herb walks, classes, events, workshops, planting projects, etc.? Does your program include working with children?

Sanctuaries are places where research on native plants medicinal plant conservation and cultivation is undertaken. In what ways can you be part of this research?

The United Plant Savers Botanical Network is dedicated to helping members create botanical sanctuaries on the land they live on. These Sanctuaries will serve as repositories of at risk native medicinal plants as well as educational and research centers helping to raise public awareness of 'At-Risk' native medicinal plants. They are also established purely as places of beauty and refuge.

Benefits of becoming a member of the Botanical Sanctuary Network include:

  • A beautiful sign (metal w/yellow and green lettering) with the UpS logo on it to place at the entrance to your Sanctuary signifying this as a UpS Botanical Sanctuary
  • Priority Consideration for UpS Community Grants. Our Community Grants award $200-$500 dollars for community projects involving at risk plant restoration and preservation. Sanctuary members are given first priority.
  • Four Weatherproof Signs that designate the property as a Sanctuary being used for plant research and educational purposes.
  • Botanical Sanctuary Resource Guide which includes where to order botanical signs for medicine trails, sources of grants and funding raising, useful books and information sources, etc.
  • Listing on the UpS Website and social media channels.
  • Opportunities to promote classes and workshops at your Sanctuary on our website and social media channels.
  • Opportunities to publish your Sanctuary story on our website and in our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation.



Botanical Sanctuary Application

To apply for membership in the Botanical Sanctuary Network you must be a current member of UpS. Your land must be either privately owned, in a land trust or public land that meets certain criteria (public land applicants should contact UpS).

There is a $100 application fee, which is a one time only fee. You may mail your check to United Plant Savers, Botanical Sanctuary Network, PO Box 147, Rutland, OH 45775. You may also pay online below (please scroll down).

All applications must be emailed to John Stock, Outreach Coordinator: office@unitedplantsavers.org

Please note that we will not process your payment until the application has been received and accepted. If for some reason you are not accepted into the Network, your voided check will be returned to you.

Please answer the questions below in some detail. The more information we have about your proposed Sanctuary the better. Please feel free to attach photos. Call our office if you have further questions about the Botanical Sanctuary Network Program or need assistance downloading the application.

  1. Please provide details of your land, size, location, time on land, existing medicinal plant species, current conservation projects. What makes your land special?
  2. What educational programs are offered and on what basis (classes, walks, workshops, plantings)? How often are programs held?
  3. Please provide additional details describing why you want to be part of the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network. (Use additional pages as needed)


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Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

Applications are now being accepted for 2017!

Spring 2017:
Mon. May 1 - Fri. June 9th
Fall 2017:
Tue. Sept. 5 - Fri. Oct. 13

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PO Box 147, Rutland, OH 45775
Tel. (740) 742-3455
Email: office@UnitedPlantSavers.org



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