Save American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius
  • Petitioning Tom Vilsack

This petition will be delivered to:

Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack
Chief of the USDA Forest Service
Chief Tom Tidwell
Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Dan Ashe
Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking

Save American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius

    1. Petition by

      United Plant Savers

Help United Plant Savers, (UpS), bring awareness and action to saving a valuable and culturally significant native medicinal plant!

United Plant Savers has included American Ginseng since it formed its at-risk list. In our 2012 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation UpS published an article on the dramatic decline of ginseng populations in our National Forests and National Parks due to poaching and over-harvesting. American Ginseng is an amazing American medicinal plant of great value to rural communities, as a sustainable non-timber resource for both landowners and the National Forest Service, and if managed and protected, ginseng can be a sustainable source of wild medicine for future generations. 

United Plant Savers supports the efforts for National Forests to co-manage for non-timber forest products, such as medicinal plants.

Achieving this goal requires seed banks of regional ginseng populations to ensure genetic integrity and supply of local seeds. This effort would support farmers to plant wild-simulated ginseng to meet market demands.

We are asking you to sign the petition letter below to demonstrate that the public would like to see Congress dedicate funds towards ginseng conservation and cultivation, and that plants are just as worthy of protection and just as vulnerable to wildlife trafficking. 

For further research and facts on ginseng go to


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Esther Mack JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
      • about 15 hours ago

      Ginseng is such an important plant and medicine -- don't let it disappear!

    • Sarah Payne CAMPBELL, NY
      • about 17 hours ago

      It would be tragic if American Ginseng became extinct. Lets save it by plating it as often as we can!

    • Clif Oliver GASTONIA, NC
      • 4 days ago

      We must protect our endangered resources.

    • Marie-Claire Larocque OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 4 days ago

      We can only heal with the real nature, and ginseng is a big piece in the puzzle.

    • Kathryn Gosser BISHOPVILLE, MD
      • 7 days ago

      I greatly appreciate our local resources and am saddened by their swift disappearance.


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