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Friday, November 27, 2015



AHPA's Good Stewardship Harvesting of Wild American Ginseng brochures

Wild American ginseng is one of the most important of the nontimber forest products collected in the mountains of the Eastern U.S. There is broad interest among harvesters, consumers, nonprofit organizations and regulatory agencies to ensure the harvest of this plant is sustainable. The harvest practices presented in these brochures encourage wild American ginseng collectors to act as stewards of the plant and its habitat. By following these guidelines, you will contribute to a sustainable future for wild American ginseng and help preserve a long-standing American tradition.

Click on your state to download a free PDF brochure with the state's guidelines for responsible wild American ginseng harvesting. AHPA also provides a free brochure on wild American ginseng export regulations.

Questions, comments or corrections?
Please contact AHPA's Merle Zimmermann at 301-588-1171, ext 106 or email:

About the brochures
There are 19 versions of the brochure, one for each of the states that allows export of wild American ginseng. Each brochure presents the state's rules and regulations for harvesters and buyers of wild American ginseng and contact information for the relevant state regulatory offices.

These brochures were developed with input and review by members of the American Herbal Products Association, state ginseng coordinators, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, United Plant Savers, and the Roots of Appalachia Growers Association (for the Ohio brochure).

Printing instructions
To print any of these brochures, simply click below on the state of your choice and download it to your computer. Set your printer to “landscape” to ensure proper layout. Also, note that the documents are designed for two-sided printing, so make sure of how to load the originals into your copying machine so they print properly.

For further information
See for more information on wild American ginseng. This site is registered by West Virginia University and states its purpose as “to provide  state-of-the-art scientific information to the public and to policymakers for the purpose of conserving American ginseng for the long-term.”

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If you are interested in joining AHPA, please contact:

Haley Chitty
Director of Communications
301-588-1171 x103

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