Friday, April 19, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-04-19 20:44:48)
Author: Nelson Morais
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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