The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals: Symposium Proceedings


The Future of American Ginseng and Other Appalachian Forest Botanicals Symposium was held on July 12-14, 2017, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

This 3-day symposium brought together a diverse array of stakeholders involved in the management and regulation of forest botanicals in Appalachia, including federal and state agencies, tribal representatives, academics, landowners, collectors, and the herbal products industry. Presenters were invited to submit research on a broad range of topics which included:

• The ecology, biology, and genetic diversity of species

• The conservation status of species, including in-situ and ex-situ conservation

• Trade and market drivers

• The role of local or traditional knowledge in sustainable harvest practices

• Cultivation, harvesting, and handling

• Resource capacity and demand, multiple and contrasting stakeholders

• Wildcrafting, sustainable harvest guidelines, and the herbal industry

• Multi-stakeholder sustainable sourcing economic development initiatives in Appalachia

• Policy initiatives and management strategies

This book contains a general summary of the proceedings as well as all 26 abstracts that were delivered to the attendees at this event.

Our intention is that this publication should help inform future policy and conservation programs, as well as offer support for forest farmers and further development of a conscientious herbal industry.

If we are to ensure the future of ginseng and forest botanicals, then we must work together to advocate for vibrant healthy forests.

Ormsby, A. and S. Leopold (eds.). 2018. Proceedings of The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals Symposium. July 12-14, 2017. Morgantown, West Virginia.

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