Celebrating 25 Years of Plant Conservation, 1994- 2019

United Plant Savers 25th

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, International Herb Symposium, Planting the Future at Herb Pharm and the grand opening of the first Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation.

Planting the Future

June 15, 2019 | Williams, Oregon

Sara Katz and Ed Smith co-founders of Herb Pharm (which is celebrating 40 years in 2019) are also both founders of United Plant Savers. Our west coast celebration will be a day filled with local teachers of the region: Richo Cech, Tyler Wauters, Scott Kloos, Matt Dybala, Alexis Durham, James Jungwirth, Autumn Summers, Jane Bothwell, and Mark Disharoon. and United Plant Savers board members, Kathleen Maier, Steven Yeager, Bevin Clare, Helen Metzman and Kelly Ablard. Topics to include the herbalist path to sustainability, endangered plants in essential oils, a tribute to Jim Duke, dis-ease and diseases of native medicinals, and plant walks.  Stay tuned for classes, activities and a list of vendors. Interested in Vending, cost is 25 dollars for a table and must be a current member, to reserve vending please contact: adurham@herb-pharm.com. To read about classes and teachers click here!

Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation Grand Opening

September 21-22, 2019 | Rutland, OH

We can’t wait to celebrate with our members the monumental accomplishment. Rosemary Gladstar will give a talk on the founding of United Plant Savers and Steven Foster will be talking about the dedication of the Center to Jim and Peggy Duke. We are planning herb walks, art, music, and food trucks. Not to be missed! Registration and event details will be announced soon.

We have more exciting announcements coming in 2019, including creative ways to get people connected to plants and inspire the next generation of plant savers. Please stay tuned.

Athens-Meigs Area Lodging
Rooms Blocked at Two Athens Hotels, UpS 25th Anniversary to get blocked room:

Baymont Inn Athens
20 Home St.
Athens, OH 45701

Fairfield Inn & Suites
924 E State St
Athens, OH 45701

Other Lodging Options:

Carpenter Inn & Conference Center
39655 Carpenter-Dyesville Rd
Carpenter, Ohio 45769

Bodhi Tree Guesthouse
8950 Lavelle Rd
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 707-2050

Cabins at Morning Dew Hop Farm- Albany
$109/night 3beds 1bath

Integration Acres Farmhouse- Albany
$99/night 2bed 2bath

Sweet Peace Cabin- Pomeroy
$175/night 2bed 1bath

Cottage- Gallipolis
$187/night 2bed 1bath

A-frame Cabin- Athens
$150/night 3bed 1bath

Woodland Ridge Farm- Athens
$350/night 5bed 2bath

Private Room at Woodland Ridge- Athens
$100/night 2bed 1bath

Chicory Inn and Orchards- Wisteria
$300/night 3bed 1bath (shared)

Maple Room at Chicory Inn- Wisteria
$115/night 1bed 1bath

Dogwood Room at Chicory Inn- Wisteria
$115/night 1bed 1bath

Pine Room at Chicory Inn- Wisteria
$115/night 1bed 1bath

Private Room in House- Athens
$104/night 1bed 1.5bath

Margaret’s Landing- Athens
$190/night 4bed 2bath

3br Cottage- Athens
$265/night 4bed 1bath

Sign up for group hikes lead by Lonnie, Tanner, Chip and Vicky

Lonnie Galt-Theis was born and raised in Athens Ohio, spending much of her time outdoors, she began learning about, and connecting with plants at a young age. These experiences inspired her to pursue careers in herbalism, yoga, and environmental education. She has a degree in Anthropology with a focus on the environment, sustainability, and conservation from CU Boulder. Since 2013 Lonnie has been living and working on Equinox farm, with her main role being medicine maker and business manager for Equinox Botanicals, a local herbal medicine company. Her passion for herbalism has led her to study and take classes with many teachers and in 2016 she completed the fundamentals program at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. During the summer she runs an outdoor nature and arts camp for children.

Tanner Filyaw graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography, and a minor specializing in Environmental and Plant Biology. From 2005 to 2008 Tanner worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program conducting landowner education and outreach around sustainable forestry, land stewardship, and the production of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP’s). In March of 2008, he accepted a staff position as Rural Action’s NTFP Specialist and continues to act as the organizations NTFP Program Manager. He regularly conducts workshops, presentations, and other educational programs for Ohio landowners to help them develop sustainable income strategies from forested lands. Starting in 2012, Tanner began working with United Plant Savers as a guest speaker for the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate program and then becoming a seasonal staff member with the program in 2017. In August of 2017, Tanner earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs for his research examining mycorrhizal symbiosis in wild-simulated ginseng roots, and the effect of mycorrhizal colonization on root ginsenoside concentrations. In his spare time, Tanner experiments with producing forest-grown mushrooms, maple syrup, American ginseng, and a variety of other edible and medicinal forest plants on his property.

Vickie Shufer is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager with a master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism. She teaches classes on edible and medicinal plants, as well as outdoor education programs. Vickie is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Foraging (Adams Media, 2011), and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994 to 2014. Vickie also has a certified, 16-acre native nursery in northeastern North Carolina where she propagates coastal native plants and forest botanicals and teaches groups how to use them for food, medicine, and crafts. http://ecoimages.us

Thank you to our generous event sponsors!

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Become a sponsor for these two Amazing Events in OREGON & OHIO. A perk of becoming a sponsor includes one-year Herbal Business Membership. Being an Herbal Business Member includes a listing on our website and in our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation.

  • Seedling $250 – Includes your logo on our website and program, plus one ticket to each event. This is ideal for small herbal companies that want to support UpS in celebrating its 25th.
  • Two Prong $500 – Includes your logo on our website and program, plus two tickets to each event. This is ideal for companies or organizations that would like to share information as well as support UpS’ 25th.
  • Three Prong $3000 – This level expresses a deeper commitment of support for our outreach efforts and the growth of our membership. This sponsorship includes your logo on our website and program materials, four tickets to each event, AND provides an opportunity to collaborate on three social media posts throughout 2019.
  • Four Prong $10, 000+ We understand that our supporters are both people with limited means as well as large herbal product companies whose success relies on an abundant and reliable supply of native medicinal plants. Collaboration on social media posts and outreach. We offer this option as a way for a company or individual to make an impact relative to your capacity to give.


You can use our DONATE button to pay sponsorship fees online

or send a check by mail to United Plant Savers, PO Box 147, Rutland, OH 45775.
Please email your preferred logo to office@unitedplantsavers.org