Celebrating 25 Years of Plant Conservation, 1994- 2019

United Plant Savers turns 25 in 2019, and we are launching our biggest outreach campaign for conservation of medicinal plants: CREATE, CONNECT, CONSERVE. We intend to highlight those that communicate activism thru the arts (music, visual, poetry, photography and writing), thus creating and connecting in an authentic capacity the message of conservation. We have three events, …

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Highlights from the 2018 Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

Spring and Fall UpS Internship Program “My experience at UpS has literally lifted the veil on this beautiful earth! I look at everything so differently and have the feeling of being reborn.”  April Covington, UpS intern Fall 2018 “Since arriving at the sanctuary for the internship I have been smiling ear to ear nonstop. We …

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Update for the Center

Groundbreaking for the UpS Center for the Conservation of Medicinal Plants The Center will house the Sanctuary herbarium collection, library, displays featuring medicinal plant conservation and the history of herbalism in Appalachia, teaching kitchen, classroom and office.  The Center will be ready for a Grand Opening and UpS 25th Anniversary Celebration on September 21, 2019 …

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Researchers study impact of medicinal plant’s harvest in San Juan National Forest

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by Ann Bond National forests supply Americans with many natural resources – timber, livestock forage, minerals, energy – and increasingly, medicinal plants. Although native plants have been harvested for centuries by Native American tribes for medicinal purposes in North America, the modern herbal industry has increased the pressure on some species. One of the medicinal …

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Call for Articles: 2019 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation

Dear Friends and Members of United Plant Savers, The time has come to collect new articles for our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, to be published in Spring 2019. We invite all of our members and supporters to tell their stories and share their knowledge and experiences in this upcoming issue. If you have …

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Holistic Nature of Us: Saving Plants, Preserving Species

Do plants need saving? Yes. Why? Susan Leopold, executive director of United Plant Savers, unitedplantsavers.org. shares reasons why we are in danger of losing many plant species, through loss of habitat, overharvesting, non-sustainable farming practices. “United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while …

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United Plant Savers @ 2017 International Herb Symposium

Botanical Sanctuary Network members discuss the current status of medicinal plants and ways we can give back to the plants. Featuring ethnobotanist & UPS Botanical Sanctuary steward Linda Black Elk, UPS Executive Director Susan Leopold, UPS Founder Rosemary Gladstar, and UPS Board Member Emily Ruff. United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants …

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