Friday, April 19, 2013Author: Nelson Morais
(Last modified: 2013-04-19 20:44:48)
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Hugh Hartsell, of Morristown, who harvests ginseng in the Houston Valley area of the U.S. National Forest, has accused forestry officials of "absolute carelessness" in carrying out a prescribed burn in "miles" of forest floor containing young ginseng plants.
"They did not have to do this, and they have destroyed thousands of dollars of ginseng that I planted," Hartsell stated in a recent email to the Newport Plain Talk.
Hartsell added, "Any competent person who has a decent education would know that ginseng, goldenseal, bloodroot, and dozens of other woodland plants are emerging right now. Pure absolute carelessness on the U.S. Forest Service part."
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