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. 

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kathy Jacobson STEWART, OH
      • 3 days ago

      Sustainable Forest Farm

    • Sandra Cundiff EQUINUNK, PA
      • 3 days ago

      Everything that is going extinct is important to me. It should be important to everyone.

    • Tami Bentz BALTIMORE, MD
      • 5 days ago

      Plants are vulnerable and worthy of protection. Ask for congress to dedicate funds toward ginseng conservation.

    • Onalise Malik BATON ROUGE, LA
      • 8 days ago

      The numerous medicinal purposes of this plant

    • Dianne Crossno WICHITA, KS
      • 13 days ago

      Humans are clumsy, careless, and greedy. If people don't know what they are doing....they could easily wipe out ginseng. A few years ago, most people hadn't heard about ginseng.


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