• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium

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 which come from the forest regions of Appalachia.  

November 13, 2015 in Front Royal, Virginia & November 14, 2015 in Abingdon, Virginia


Forest-based medicinal plant cultivation (i.e., agroforestry), could help forest landowners in the eastern United States generate additional income, improve the health of their woodlot, and contribute to native medicinal plant conservation. It also stands to help the natural products industry address concerns about where their raw plant material comes from and the quality of their products. However, status quo markets favor wild harvesting and make it difficult to profitably farm these plants in the forest. Buyers, manufacturers, and many herbalists have simply not been willing to pay the price required for forest owners to profitably and sustainably raise many slow-growing, habitat-specific medicinal plants in the forest where they often grow best. As a result, plants such as black cohosh, blue cohosh, goldenseal, bloodroot, and American ginseng continue to be wild-harvested or cultivated under artificial shade instead of grown in the forest.

Attendees of these meetings will learn about the complex and little understood forest botanical supply chain and the opportunities and challenges facing forest-based growers (and buyers) of native medicinal plants. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability will be discussed along with current efforts to address existing market shortcomings by building a new forest botanical supply paradigm based on third-party forest-grown verification. Attendees will learn about how to become involved in building a new ‘forestgrown’ botanical supply chain that features ‘wild-stewarded’ and ‘forest farmed’ products, and discuss with experts and company representatives what is needed to become a supplier in this emerging agroforestry-based industry.

Who is invited to attend?

Due to space limitations at each of these locations, we encourage only commercially-oriented forest landowners already involved in medicinal plant production and harvesting forestlands to register to attend one of these meetings. If you are eligible to attend, we ask that you send only two members of your household or operation to the workshop. To register, you must complete the attached registration form which asks you to provide some brief details about your history producing medicinal plants and involvement in the forest botanical trade. If selected to attend one of the meetings, you will be asked to remit a deposit to reserve your space. Preregistration will be required to attend. For planning purposes we will not be able to accept registrations at the door.

Agenda (Repeated on Both Dates)

9:00-9:15 Welcome, Purpose and Agenda, John Munsell, Virginia Tech

9:15-10:15 Lessons Learned: A Historical Perspective on Buying and Selling Forest Botanicals, Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Native Medicinal Forest Plant Supply Chains in the Eastern United States: Opportunites, Chllenges and Third Party Verification, Eric Burkhart, Penn State University

11:30-12:15 Overview of the PCO ‘Forestgrown’ Producer Verification Program, Adam Seitz, Pennsylvania Certified Organic & Eric Burkhart, Penn State University

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Buyer Perspective on a Forestgrown Supply Chain: Needs, Pricing and Expectations, Mountain Rose Herbs, Oregon

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:00-ish Facilitated Discussion: Questions, Concerns and Next Steps, John Munsell, Virginia Tech, Eric Burkhart, Penn State University & Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University


Deadline for registration is October 2nd, 2015

Download Registration Form Here

Nurturing Your Botanical Sanctuary Workshop

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 to gather and learn important ETHNOBOTANICAL skills, share stories, and to strengthen ties that revive the concept of the sacred groves. Please join us! Visit the event page for complete details or register here.


Mountain Rose Herbs A wonderful arrangement that formed from our summit: Mountain Rose is the first company to now sell Forest Verified ginseng with 5% of the proceeds being donated to United Plant Savers   Why is this root so special? We are proud to offer the first Certified Forest Grown American Ginseng in partnership with the United Plant Savers. This new project brings us organically grown ginseng roots that are cultivated in their native ecosystem. The roots are sustainably harvested from private forests that are stewarded by farmers dedicated to preserving this important medicinal plant for the future. Each tin contains 6 grams of this valued botanical. These roots have been cared for in their natural environment for at least 7 years before they were harvested. They are much smaller than the organic farm cultivated roots that are on the market. Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% from every sale of this precious ginseng root to the United Plant Savers. We believe that supporting this effort can change the culture of ginseng throughout Appalachia, transforming the epidemic of black market poaching into a stewarded forest crop with sustainability as the guiding force. We thank you for supporting conservation


UpS Provides Cost Sharing for Ginsengby Lee Rinehart, Director of Education & Outreach, Pennsylvania Certified Organic Sustainable harvesting of wild-grown medicinal plants is becoming a major concern to reduce the threat to forest plant biodiversity. Wild ecologies can be fragile, and given the demand for medicinal plants, the industry is looking for ways to verify the conscientious production and harvest of wild-grown products. In response to this demand Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) has established a voluntary Forest Grown Verification Program for forest grown products that are sustainably and legally produced and harvested. The program currently focuses on American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) products from private land, and PCO is currently working to add several other forest products to the list including black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), false unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum), slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), forest-farmed mushrooms, and forest farmed leeks. The program standards for ginseng were developed by PCO through research of federal and state regulations, consultations with industry professionals and PCO members, and information from scientific publications. Getting more forest grown producers on board is the principle focus of UpS and PCO, evidenced by a new program designed to incentivize verification by reducing the costs to producers. The Forest Grown Cost Share


Gift Memberships Available!

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Seeking Nominations

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


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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