AHPA publishes good stewardship harvesting brochure for goldenseal
The latest publication in this series follows previously released brochures on oshá and saw palmetto
October 28, 2022
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) today published a new brochure covering good stewardship harvesting practices for goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). Produced as part of AHPA's ongoing educational efforts for the herbal community, the brochure can be downloaded for free from the AHPA website.
“AHPA's development of this brochure and related resources helps ensure that wildcrafters and other stakeholders involved with collecting botanical materials from wild populations have access to information that will enable them to act as good stewards of the land,” said AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D. “Following good stewardship practices helps support a sustainable future for medicinal plant species and continued consumer access to beneficial herbs for generations to come.”
Johnson and AHPA Project Scientist Holly Chittum, M.S., managed the initiative, working collaboratively with experts from AHPA's Botanical Raw Materials and Sustainability committees. AHPA has also published good steward harvesting brochures on oshá and saw palmetto.
The research and information shared in AHPA's good stewardship harvesting brochure series is supported by the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation).
The AHPA-ERB Foundation has committed funding for a multi-year study to improve the understanding of harvest impacts on natural and forest-farmed populations of goldenseal, and to develop recommendations for harvest methods, intensities, and cultivation that support the long-term viability of this species.
AHPA's Sustainability Committee was formed in 2019 to increase awareness of sustainability within the herbal products industry, create a forum for industry leaders to discuss related issues, provide educational opportunities for herbal products companies, and promote sustainable and equitable operations and sourcing practices.