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18027 UpS Journal 2018 coverby Susan Leopold, PhD

(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.

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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?

UpS Featured in Latest HerbalGram

"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 directors
This story was featured in HerbalGram magazine (download full article) as well as their monthly Herbal eGram for October.

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United Plant Savers recently held The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals Symposium, check out this brief video overview. We will soon be sharing the published symposium proceedings.

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Conservation Through Cultivation:  Forest Grown Verification for the Profitable Production of Medicinal HerbsUSDA CIG (Conservation Innovation Grant) AWARD for 2017 ANNOUNCES: Rural Action, Inc. in partnership with United Plant Savers proposes to establish a regional Forest Grown Verification (FGV) system for commercially significant forest herbs, using a third-party certification structure and species-specific education to build a network of enrolled forest farmers.

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Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program Spring & Fall 2018

Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate ProgramSpring & Fall 2018

Rutland, Ohio

 
Spring 2018: Monday, April 30 - Friday, June 8. Fall 2018: Tuesday, Sept. 4 -  Friday, Oct. 12. (Move-in weekend before each.)
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?
Interns will work and take classes for approximately 40 hours per week with the remainder their time left for independent pursuits. Typically this free time would include exploring the 379 acre sanctuary, spending time with the plants, making medicine, and engaging with the surrounding community. Interns will work under the supervision of UpS staff John Stock and Susan Leopold and community teachers Paul Strauss, Chip Carroll, Lonnie Galt-Theis, Tanner Filyaw, Caty Crabb, Rebecca Wood, and more. Participants will engage approximately 40 hours a week doing medicinal plant conservation and cultivation work, building and maintaining trails, maintaining and improving the Sanctuary landscape, assisting in developing signage and interpretive materials, all while immersed in the bio diverse landscape of the UpS Botanical Sanctuary. In addition to identifying and learning about the medicinal plants that live here at the Sanctuary, interns will take classes on medicine making, conservation, non-timber

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A Sneak Peek of the Symposium Proceedings

We are excited to share with you a DRAFT version of the Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals Symposium proceedings.

 

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Ginseng Cultivation Workshop

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tickets sold out so fast for the October event, we decided to add another date. Register for Nov. 4th while you can. Fall is here and that means ginseng season! On October 21st, join us at United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, OH for our ginseng cultivation workshop. Come learn how to grow and care for wild-simulated ginseng in your own forest. The workshop will cover the history, biology, cultivation, and marketing of American ginseng for all levels of forest farmers. There will be hands-on site selection and planting demonstrations, as well as stratified seed for sale to all participants. Come on out and get ready to grow your own!    

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Welcome aboard, Bailey!We are thrilled to welcome Bailey Grenert who will serve as United Plant Savers’ first Americorps member through Rural Action’s Ohio Stream Restore Corps program. As a former intern with UpS she fell in love with the Sanctuary, the community it’s nestled in, and the mission to preserve and promote the diversity of native medicinal plants in the region. This passion for plants led her to purchase 10 acres of land neighboring the UpS Botanical Sanctuary in May of 2017. Bailey and her partner Ben plan on building a thriving permaculture homestead and sustainably produce non-timer forest products from their wooded acreage. Bailey grew up in coastal Virginia where she apprenticed on an organic farm before settling permanently in the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio.

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This is such a good article on collaboration across many cultures/agencies/industries/students/academics – all working for the plants... UpS is proud to be a part of this study over the last few years and we can't say enough about Kelly Kindscher of the University of Kansas for leading the way, Daniel Gagnon of Herbs Etc. for his commitment of time and energy towards this project, AHAP for their financial support, and all the volunteers and the Forest Service.

Researchers study impact of medicinal plant’s harvest in San Juan National Forest by Ann Bond

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Do you have someone or an organization in mind that you would like to nominate for the Medicinal Plant Conservation Award? If so send an email and tell us why. Nominations should be emailed to office@unitedplantsavers.org


2019 DATES ANNOUNCED

United Plant Savers Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

Fall 2018: Tuesday, Sept. 4 - Friday, Oct. 12.

Spring 2019: April 29 - June 7.

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