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U.S. Forest Service limits ginseng collection to protect plant

Published: 9:21 AM, 07/30/2013 Last updated: 9:22 AM, 07/30/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

CLEVELAND—U.S. Forest Service officials announced that there will be several changes in the 2013 ginseng collection season in the Cherokee National Forest.  Ginseng collecting will be limited because of concerns for overall reductions in wild ginseng population numbers throughout its natural range.

For 2013 there will be a reduction in the length of the ginseng collection season, a limit on the number of permits issued, a reduction in the amount of ginseng collected per permit and designated rotating collection zones.

Historically, ginseng collecting has fluctuated in the Cherokee National Forest, but in recent years an average of 50 permits annually has been issued, each representing one pound of wet roots (approximately 100 roots equal one wet pound).  Beginning in 2013, a maximum of 40 permits will be issued allowing 25 roots per permit to be collected.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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