• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium
  • Bloodroot

REGISTRATION OPEN: The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals

UpS The Future of Ginseng Symposium

This 3-day symposium will provide a forum to bring together a diverse array of stakeholders involved in the management and regulation of forest botanicals in Appalachia, including federal and state agencies, tribal representatives, academics, landowners, collectors, and the herbal products industry.

Spearheaded by United Plant Savers and in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), this symposium is a forum for presenting current research and documenting critical new information about the conservation, cultivation, and commerce of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and other Appalachian forest botanicals. The symposium will also include a poster session. Proceedings of the symposium will be published online on the United Plant Savers website.

PLEASE NOTE: Special conference rates are available at the Waterfront Place Hotel. YOU CAN BOOK YOUR ROOM DIRECTLY BY CALLING 1-304-296-1700.


The symposium will primarily focus on species of Appalachian forest botanicals that are on the United Plant Savers At-Risk list and To-Watch list (www.unitedplantsavers.org/species-at-risk). Specifically, we hope to have presentations on native plants active in commerce such as, but not limited to: American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), wild yam root (Dioscorea villosa), false unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum), ramps (Allium tricoccum), and witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).

In 2014, United Plant Savers held a Ginseng Summit of Key Stakeholders that identified issues and obstacles to sustainable American ginseng markets and management in the Appalachian Region. This 2017 symposium will focus on current research on American ginseng and other forest botanicals, regulations and policy, and will foster key connections between those engaged in conservation, cultivation, and commerce of forest botanicals at private, state, tribal, and federal land ownership levels.

The symposium will include a mix of those agencies/organizations/ academics working on forest botanicals as well as landowners and the herbal industry. It will also cover multi-stakeholder sustainable sourcing medicinal plant economic development initiatives in Appalachia and the lessons learned from these projects. Collaborators include USFWS, USDA/Forest Service, NatureServe, US Geological Survey, Medicinal Plant Working Group, IUCN-Medicinal Plant Specialists Group, and TRAFFIC/FairWild.

United Plant Savers is one of several organizations involved in a three-year USDA grant awarded to the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming (ABFF) Coalition (www.appalachianforestfarmers.org). The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition is a network of forestland owners, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations that share a common goal of improving agroforestry production opportunities and farming capabilities among forest farmers. Our collective aim is to increase awareness of forest-grown medicinal plants through education and relationship building, and support conservation efforts through stewardship of existing plant populations and forest farming of these native botanicals. The 2017 symposium will also seek to create markets and build capacity for this unique forest farming coalition and address policy-related issues. A track specific to those in the ABFF Coalition will be developed addressing important objectives of the grant’s second-year objectives.

The cost for registration is $200, which includes dinner on Wednesday evening, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, box lunches provided with selected field trips, as well as snacks and coffee breaks during the symposium. Speakers, poster presenters, and students can register at a discounted rate of $100.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Herb pharm2  Mrh logo  wishgarden herbs 

American ginseng pharm  Gaia Herbs  Ridge runner trading company


*Program will change once abstracts are accepted
*Additional workshops, presenters and field trips to be added

July 12, Wednesday: American Ginseng

  • Check-in/registration
  • Current research on American ginseng
  • Management of wild populations, wild harvest, and policy
  • Break for Lunch
  • Panel discussion on conservation and management
  • Break
  • Multi-stakeholder sustainable-sourcing medicinal plant
    economic development initiatives in Appalachia
    Lessons learned from various projects
  • Evening Dinner at Hotel and Keynote Speaker TBA

July 13, Thursday
Appalachian Forest Botanicals

  • Current research on Appalachian forest botanicals
  • Conservation/management of wild populations
  • Break for Lunch
    Sourcing/cultivation/forest farming presentations
  • Break
  • Market/trade and roundtable discussion
  • Policy input/next steps/recommendations
  • Dinner on your own (participants are free to explore Morgantown).
  • Evening Program, Poster session with music and local products made with forest botanicals

Friday, July 14th
Field trips and workshops on forest farming, markets, value added products and networking

  • Field trips and workshops for Friday will be announced and sign-ups will be separate.


Bronze Level:
$250 - Includes logo on website and program, and one ticket to the event. This is ideal for small herbal companies that want to attend and support the symposium.

Silver Level:
$500 - Includes logo on website and program, plus two tickets to the event. This also includes a table in the “market” area of the symposium. This is ideal for companies or organizations that would like to share information or showcase products as well as support the symposium.

Gold Level:
$1000 - Includes logo on the website and program, plus four tickets to the event. This also includes a table in the “market” area of the symposium and an opportunity to speak briefly at opening introductions/be acknowledged as a key supporting sponsor of the symposium.

Please email susan@unitedplantsavers.org if you are interested in being a sponsor for this event.

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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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Gift Memberships Available!

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Tel. (740) 742-3455
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