Osha research donations made in February will be matched by Mountain Rose Herbs

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Osha research donations made in February will be matched by Mountain Rose Herbs

Published: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The American Herbal Products Association Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) is partnering with Mountain Rose Herbs to raise funds for the multi-year study on the sustainability of harvesting wild osha (Ligusticum porteri) by Kelly Kindscher, Ph.D., a scientist and professor at the University of Kansas. During the month of February, Mountain Rose Herbs will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 to fund this study. 

The research is a collaborative effort by the University of Kansas, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the U.S. Forest Service, and the AHPA-ERB Foundation to determine the impact of current wild harvesting practices on osha populations, the rate of regeneration, and the optimal harvest practices needed to maintain the long-term viability of this species. 

AHPA has tracked the annual harvest quantities of osha and several other North American native species since 1999. This research will add to this existing knowledge by evaluating the effects that harvest of the roots of osha, a perennial plant, has on populations where harvests occurs. 

The subsequent stages of the study continues to provide more insight concerning the status of osha populations, which includes monitoring regrowth to estimate the resiliency or susceptibility of osha and harvesting pressures. This information is critical for determining whether current wild-harvesting practices of this species is sustainable. 

The study will also help determine the impact of root harvest on osha populations, their reproduction and regeneration, and what the optimal rate of harvest should be to maintain the long-term viability of this important species. 

Since September 2012, the AHPA-ERB Foundation has been funding the study of osha sustainability. Dr. Kindscher has produced an initial report, "Harvest Sustainability Study of Wild Populations of Osha (PDF)." This report highlights the need for a multi-year study to monitor regrowth and estimate the resiliency or susceptibility of osha to different harvest pressures. In March 2014, the foundation committed an additional $10,000 annually for three years to complete the study. 

The AHPA-ERB Foundation encourages interested individuals and companies to contribute tax-deductible funds to finance the study. Current supporters include Ms. Jackie Greenfield, Botanical Liaisons LLC, Gaia Herbs, Herbs Etc., and Vitality Works.

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