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

by Ann Bond A tiny osha sprout grows from roots left over from earlier harvest in a research plot on Missionary Ridge. Daniel Gagnon, left, owner of Herbs Etc. in Santa Fe, and Maggie Riggs, a volunteer from Lawrence, Kansas, prepare to plant flags to mark the levels of osha regeneration in study plots on Missionary Ridge. National forests supply Americans with many natural resources – timber, livestock forage, minerals, energy – and increasingly, medicinal ...
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The Original Medicinal Plant Gatherers & Conservationists

by M. Kat Anderson USDA NRCS Figure 1. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). One example of the many medicinal plant species that the American Indians gave non-Indian settlers. Adapted from a 19th century painting.In Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, a television series that ran from 1993 to 1998, the Cheyenne taught a white lady doctor about various kinds of native medicinal herbs that could be used to treat human ailments in the frontier town of Colorado Springs, Colorado ...
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Ramps Now on the “To-Watch” List

by Susan Leopold Time to Ramp Up Conservation Efforts Last spring trespassers dug trash bags, laundry baskets and buckets full of ramps (Allium tricoccum) from the woodland ravine of Goldenseal Sanctuary neighbor, Diane DonCarlos.1 Fortunately police responded to a call from Diane, and they were able to track down the ramp thieves. When the police returned some of the stolen ramps, Diane was able to replant them back in the holler further from the road ...
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Seeking the Silvestre Romero in Spain

by Susan Leopold I landed in Spain for the International Congress of Ethnobotany, and as serendipity would have it, the hotel I had booked was in a small square located in what was once the Jewish/Arabic part of Cordoba. Next to my hotel was the only remaining synagogue that was not destroyed when the Jews were forced to leave around 1200. This particular square was dedicated and named after Maimonides, a Sephardic Jewish philosopher, who ...
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Florida’s Threatened Herbs

by Emily Ruff Wild cinnamon ( Canella winterana ) flowersSome 450 miles long and kept humid by the ocean on either side, the state of Florida supports plant species from temperate to tropical, coastal to wetland to upland. Boasting a melting pot of exotic plants naturalized from far away, this region also features an impressive array of native medicinal species. The climate variations of Florida support rare habitats of tropical and subtropical plants found nowhere ...
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Disjunct Medicine: A History of the (Two) Mayapple(s)

by Sasha M. White As early as 1731 Mark Catesby described the medicinal use of American mayapple root in his Natural History of the Carolinas . Image courtesy of the Lloyd Library & Museum.When Europeans came to North America, the mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), also called mandrake, raccoon berry or wild lemon, was one of the earliest plants to be noticed. Samuel Champlain noted Huron tribes eating the fruit in 1616, and shortly thereafter it was ...
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American Ginseng Summit

by Glynis Board, West Virginia Public Radio Attendees of The American Ginseng SummitUnited Plant Savers was honored to host the 2014 American Ginseng Summit at our Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, OH where we discussed safe-guarding wild populations of American ginseng, as well as protecting the American ginseng export industry and creating a domestic market. Below is the write up of the NPR radio coverage. You can also listen to this program with a link ...
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