Conservation Articles

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Overview of Changes to the At-Risk Lists

By Helen Metzman This update is the first major revision of the UpS “At-Risk” List since it was first developed by United Plant Savers over two decades ago. In recent years United Plant Savers has added Hawaiian Sandalwood to the at-risk list and ramps to the “To-Watch” list. As a board, we have had an ongoing committee that has worked to gather information and navigate how best to advocate for native medicinal plants. This list ...
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Plant specimens taken from Madagascar by France (Museģe colonial de Marseille, 2017), courtesy of Chanelle Adams

The DJ and the Miracle Cure: The Perils Of Postcolonial Medicine in Madagascar

By Chanelle Adams Originally published by The Drift (Issue 2) October 21, 2020 Plant specimens taken from Madagascar by France (Museģe colonial de Marseille, 2017), courtesy of Chanelle Adams On March 16, Madagascar’s state-owned TV station aired an 18-minute documentary. Narrated by two airline pilots, it re-enacts a November 2019 visit to the island nation by an anonymous Brazilian woman purported to be a prophet. “Joana,” as she is dubbed in the film, crosses the ...
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Five Finger Medicine

Excerpt from MAGGHIE (Book Two) Stories & Art by B. Salvatore With winter came more lessons. Time spent in the kitchen with Maye and the herbs and medicines. Magghie watched and listened, and the plants lent their voices. They sunk in, because Maye had a way of making remembering easy. “Today Magghie dear, we will count with our fingers, and each one will be a lesson worth remembering. Five Finger Medicine is within everyone’s grasp, ...
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Photo 1: The Thomsonian Materia Medica

What Might We Find In Those Old Books?

By Bill Chioffi , United Plant Savers Board Secretary Professor Emeritus Emil John Staba College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Pharmacognosy, Medicinal Chemistry, and Philanthropy Photo 1: The Thomsonian Materia Medica E. John Staba, Ph.D. has generously donated 5,849 books to United Plant Savers and the newly formed Duke Ethnobotanical Archives & Teaching Gardens (www. unitedplantsavers.org/dukearchives). The books were collected by Professor Staba over the course of his long career in academics and natural products ...
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BIG HORSE WOMAN, Graphite

Seed Carrier WamíDe-íN

Excerpt from BIG HORSE WOMAN (Book One) Stories & Art by B. Salvatore BIG HORSE WOMAN, Graphite Her mother held her, touched her lips with sacred water, nursed her, welcomed her. Her grandmother named her. In the early days, every woman carried seed for their families, for their village, for the tribe. But not every woman knew the seeds to carry of medicine. Those that did, carried these seeds wherever they went. Rain Walking was ...
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Jennifer Gerrity and Blake at the Herb Pharm Goldenseal forest plots. Photo by Susan Leopold, 2021.

Goldenseal Cultivation

By Jennifer Gerrity Jennifer Gerrity and Blake at the Herb Pharm Goldenseal forest plots.Photo by Susan Leopold, 2021. Herb Pharm expanded a planting of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) roots from nursery stock this fall on private land in SW Virginia. The land is owned by Blake, a multigeneration ginseng producer who embarked on goldenseal cultivation after noticing wild stands naturalized around his 60 acres of forested land. “Once I saw the goldenseal stands around the ginseng ...
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Marc Williams tending the UpS booth with Bernadette Montanari

United Plant Savers at The IUCN

By Marc Williams Marc Williams tending the UpS booth with Bernadette Montanari The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) met in September of 2021 in Marseille, France for the typically every four years conference that helps set the agenda for global monitoring and preservation of species on land and sea as well as the ecosystems that support these biotas. The trip started for me with a flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Paris, France ...
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