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 www.unitedplantsavers.org.


Letter 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
and 1 other
Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking
United Plant Savers, (UpS), a national non-profit organization, has been promoting the conservation of 'at-risk' native medicinal plants for 20 years. American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, has been on our 'At-Risk List' since its inception. UpS, the American Herbal Products Association and Fish and Wildlife Services have worked hard to produce Good Stewardship harvesting of Wild American Ginseng brochures. It has become very apparent that there are very limited sources of local seeds and we ask that the USDA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service work together to Save American Ginseng by investing in programs that establish seed banks for local supply of regional seed sources. This would help landowners plant ginseng for a “wild-simulated ginseng market”, and also help to better co-manage areas within the forest service for sustainable harvesting of ginseng with in stands of hardwood forests.

We ask that more funds from Congress be directed towards conservation of ginseng to ensure that ginseng harvested in National Forests is sustainable and legally collected to better manage and conserve wild ginseng.

We ask that the Forest Service manage key woodlands for sustainable ginseng harvests by planting locally sourced ginseng, and conduct research to further identify critical ginseng habitat and genetic diversity of regional ginseng populations.

We applaud the efforts of Federal and State botanists who have been working hard to protect ginseng and to bring attention to the fact that wild ginseng populations are in critical decline. We also applaud the efforts of U.S. Park Rangers and state efforts to stop poaching of wild ginseng populations where harvesting is illegal. To address the complexity of the ginseng markets and unique habitat requirements we ask that all agencies involved work together to create federal management plan for ginseng that recognizes the role of ginseng to the rural economy and landowner, and the role of ginseng to the national forest service as means to co-manage for non-timber resources that essentially mitigate climate change, enhance rural economies, and provide a sustainable source of wild medicinal plants for future generation which has a strong cultural heritage through out the Appalachian Range.

In accordance with the Executive Order of the President to combat wildlife trafficking (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/01/executive-order-combating-wildlife-trafficking) signed July 1st 2013 we ask that ginseng and other protected plants be included in the definition of wildlife and therefore we ask that all government agencies work together to save wild American Ginseng, by standing up to illegal poaching.