2019 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award

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2019 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award — Recipient — JULIET BLANKESPOOR by Emily Ruff “Gathering medicine and food from the wild connects us to the natural world, our ancestral heritage, and our wild animal selves. Being involved in our sustenance and healing is boldly empowering and ties us into simple living and the change of the …

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Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is excited to announce the transfer of the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program to United Plant Savers

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For Immediate Release Spring Mills, PA (3/18/2019) — Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is excited to announce the transfer of the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program to United Plant Savers (UpS) effective March 15, 2019. UpS’s mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an …

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Help Us Grow Our Membership for Our 25th – Ways to Engage

We hope you will join us in our effort to spread the mission of United Plant Savers! Calling all Voices for the Plants, Biz Members, Education Members, Partners in Education, and Botanical Sanctuaries: March Membership Month is an opportunity to share the work of UpS with friends, co-workers, and constituents of your herbal community with …

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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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Sassafras Camp was full of herbal fun for kids!

Sassafras Camp 2018 was a blast— so much learning, creating, healing, laughing, eating, and bonding! Thank you to all who made this week happen— Molly Jo Stanley, your healing presence, vibrant expression and song, skills in the kitchen, and knowledge of nature, herbalism, and yoga were such a perfect match and true blessing for the camp. Meredith Nicole Bury, you are such a positive bright beautiful spirit and hardworking woman— your help was outstanding, and your kombucha, Ayurveda, ojas balls, mandala nature art, and yoga classes rocked! Rider Stock, you’re simply the best with games—you take scramble and capture the flag to the next level! Your help in the kitchen and with the campers was exceptional. Isabella Trumpetto, what a graceful, present, helpful, intelligent young woman you are— your service was beyond amazing. Lysi Morningstar, your prep work help made the week happen, I simply couldn’t have done it without you—-and once again your blindfolded taste test was such a hit! Thank you for making us all laugh so hard. Paul Strauss, thank you for your wise teachings of life lived on this land, your profound storytelling that transports one back in time, and for once again sharing your Native American arrowhead/artifact collection. A huge thank you to United Plant Savers and Sarah Davidson Ile for providing need-based scholarships— your support made the camp accessible to more campers.
Not pictured: macroinvertebrate and water quality class with Molly Jo, the 5 foot black snake in the outhouse;), wound healing herb walk and salve making (self heal, calendula, yarrow), learning about goldenseal and other UpS At-Risk plants, scramble and capture the flag, improv, yoga classes with molly jo, Lonnie, and meredith, epic dance party, camp out fire and smores, and pond play!

Special thanks to Clif Bar Family Foundation for their generous support!