The United Plant Savers has ginseng listed as one of 20 endangered plants due to increasing illegal harvesting of American ginseng. This month starts the high-season for poaching and conservationists are worrying about the plant species survival. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Tennessee-North Carolina border is the largest protected ginseng habitat in America but with wild ginseng root fetching upward of $800 a pound, many poachers are overwhelming law enforcement and leaving the plant’s survival in doubt. It is believed that 90 percent of the exported ginseng is poached. Were you aware of this problem? Are you familiar with the work of the United Plants Savers? How mindful are you about recommending ginseng in your practice?
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