National Forests Will Not Issue Ginseng Harvest Permits This Year


Last updated 7/7/2021 at 9:42am

The Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will not issue American ginseng harvest permits this year due to continued declines and low population levels observed through monitor-ing and surveys.

Commercial harvesting of wild ginseng has been occurring for the past 250 years. Declines are attributed to long-term harvesting, more recent over harvesting, out-of-season harvest and the taking of mature plants without planting the seeds for future crops. The number of plants now in the national forests is too low to be sustainably harvested.

“Every year we’ve seen fewer ginseng plants and th...

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