This 3-day symposium provided 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 was 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.
SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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* Please note that the schedule is still subject to change.
July 12, Wednesday: American Ginseng
- WELCOME AND OPENING KEYNOTE: "Taking the Broad View: How Are Wild Ginseng Populations Faring and When Does Conservation Policy Need to Change?" – Jim McGraw, West VA University
- PRESENTATIONS: CURRENT RESEARCH ON AMERICAN GINSENG
- Management of wild populations, wild harvest, and policy
- Multi-stakeholder sustainable-sourcing medicinal plant
- Economic development initiatives in Appalachia – lessons learned from various projects
- PANEL DISCUSSION ON CONSERVATION, MANAGEMENT, AND POLICY
- PANEL DISCUSSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT
- EVENING DINNER AT HOTEL AND SPEAKER: "Ginseng in Appalachian Folk Medicine" – Phyllis Light
July 13, Thursday: Appalachian Forest Botanicals
- PRESENTATIONS: CURRENT RESEARCH ON APPALACHIAN FOREST BOTANICALS AND CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT OF WILD POPULATIONS
- Current research on Appalachian forest botanicals
- Conservation/management of wild populations
- Sourcing/cultivation/forest farming presentations
- Market/trade and roundtable discussion
- Policy input/next steps/recommendations
- HERBALIST PANEL: PAST AND PRESENT USES AND ANALOGS AND SOURCING – Kathleen Maier, Mimi Hernandez, Phyllis Light, Steven Yeager
- SOCIAL MIXER: POSTER SESSION WITH MUSIC AND LOCAL PRODUCTS
- DINNER ON YOUR OWN — participants are free to explore Morgantown.
July 14, Friday: Forest Farming – Growing the Network by Supporting the Cultivation
- APPALACHIAN BEGINNERS FOREST FARMERS BREAKFAST MIXER
- MORE GREAT PRESENTATIONS!
- FOREST FARMING PANEL DISCUSSION ON RESOURCES, GRANTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- FIELD TRIP: FOUNDATIONS OF FOREST FARMING AT HARDING’S GINSENG FARM
(Must register separately as space is limited.)
Thank you to our sponsors!
Featured Artwork by Shay Herring Clanton