(From the latest Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation)
As of January 2017, all rosewoods (Dalbergia), bubinga (Guibourtia), and kosso (Pterocarpus erinaceus) were added to Appendix II of the CITES list of protected species.1
“Every species has a song”, is a quote from Kathleen Harrison, founder of Botanical Dimensions.2 Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) has a rare songful story that plant people should know because this species has played music for the masses as the main source of tonewood used in classical instruments and most notable guitars.
In July of 2017, I attended the CITES Plants Committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
The most active discussion that took place was from instrument manufacturers and orchestra groups, who were presenting concerns about how they were to navigate the new regulations elicited, that now required permits and restrictions on international travel with instruments and trade. I had special earphones so I could hear multiple languages translated from various countries, but all I could think about was how monumental it would be if every instrument owner participated in a global concert to raise awareness for the most silent of environmental crimes—illegal logging of endangered trees and the habitat loss of our global forests. Instead, the human plight was consumed in how to navigate enforcement, paperwork, and the rights of the music makers: the orchestras, musicians, and manufacturers. Who then speaks for the trees?
"New United Plant Savers Center Seeks to Conserve Medicinal Plants of Appalachia"
www.herbalgram.org | 2017 | Issue 116
Construction of the organization’s new Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation will begin soon. The center, which will be about 1,600 square feet and open to the public, will sit at the entrance of the 379-acre UpS Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. The building will serve as a visitor center, and UpS hopes that it will help attract more visitors to, and ensure the long-term preservation and financial sustainability of, the sanctuary, which is home to many medicinal plant species native to Appalachia. “[This] will be the first public space in the United States to recognize the historical, cultural, and economic significance of native, and in many cases endemic, Appalachian medicinal plants,” wrote Sara Katz, UpS’ board of directorsThis story was featured in HerbalGram magazine (download full article) as well as their monthly Herbal eGram for October.…
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