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SAVING PLANTS FROM PIPELINE

by Neal Laferriere Sitting with my daughter Aislinn at the top of a steep ridge in Highland County, Virginia, we can see for miles. The beauty of this place is stunning. It is April 14th, 2018, and we as we look down at the beauty of the valley our focus is on a 125 foot path. It cuts up over the ridge we are on and continues for more than two miles across the centennial ...
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PARADISE FOUND, TRADITIONAL HEALING LOST

By Michele Devlin, Dr.PH. and Mark Grey, Ph.D. Climate change and severe weather events are displacing people in rapidly growing numbers. The link among climate change, severe weather events, and long-term population shifts is increasingly receiving attention from human rights, migration, public health, economic, and other global professional sectors. Environmentally induced migration involves “persons who, predominantly for reasons of sudden and progressive change in the environment that adversely affects their lives or living conditions, are ...
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AT HOME WITH THE LAND

By Meaghan Thompson During a recent dinner conversation with friends, the subject landed on the meaning of place and how one can have the feeling of being “home.” One friend said they didn’t particularly feel at home anywhere, that they could pack up and go as they please. Others expressed how they wouldn’t want to leave their places of home because of the bonds they felt with the land. As for myself, I fall somewhere ...
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FOR THE WILD

By For the Wild Collective For The Wild’s 1 Million Redwood Project is dedicated to renewing and preserving the biodiversity and resiliency of Cascadia’s temperate rainforest through holistic research, biomimetic reforestation, land conservation, and living libraries of native seed and fungi. In 2011, Ayana Young, then a Columbia University ecology student, was overwhelmed by climate chaos, mass extinction, and struggling to find a voice. That’s when she got involved with Occupy Wall Street, seeing the ...
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EXPLORING THE RESILIENT ROOTS OF ALBANIAN AGRICULTURE

Albania’s mountains and valleys teem with rich botanical bounty. Mountain Rose Herbs and United Plant Savers visited its fecund countryside at the peak of the autumn harvest to meet the farmers and wildharvesters who help bring culinary apothecary herbs and fruits to plant lovers across the world (like the ripe and ready hawthorn berries above). by Jennifer Gerrity United Plant Savers’ Executive Director, Susan Leopold, pauses before a traditional farmstead along a country road used ...
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Noxious and Invasive Weeds as Medicine

An Alternative for the pesticide treadmill and a way to reduce use of At-Risk Medicinal Plants by Autumn Arvidson and Kelly Kindscher Introduction: Figure 1. Kudzu (Pueraria montana),trying to cover a house The use of medicinal plants is gaining popularity in the health industry as more individuals are recognizing the risks associated with modern pharmaceuticals and the benefits of many herbal products. While this may be considered a step in the right direction for individuals ...
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ROMANCING THE ROOT: THE PASSIONS AND PERILS OF WILD AMERICAN GINSENG

by George Lindemann American ginseng (Panax quinquefoius) Toward the end of April 2018, the Chinese Government imposed a tariff on imported wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). This little known wild root has somehow gotten into the middle of a brewing American/ Chinese trade war. I am not sure whether this new tariff is a good thing or a bad thing for ginseng or ginseng lovers. I do know that wild American ginseng grows on my ...
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