Ginseng root has been favored as a tonic primarily in East Asia for the past 250 years or more. Ginseng can be found in the mountains of North Carolina in limited amounts. Steps have been taken to preserve this precious resource. Visitors must now have permits to harvest wild ginseng in NC.
Removing a wild ginseng plant or its parts from national forests without a permit or outside of the legal harvest season is considered theft of public property.
Permits are required by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in North Carolina to harvest (collect) wild ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests during the designated harvest season.
Last year, the Forest Service limited the harvesting of wild ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, citing concern over reductions in wild ginseng numbers. So many people are interested in the picking ginseng in these areas that a lottery has been established to fairly dole out the limited number of USFS permits.
If you would like to submit your contact information to a district office to participate in the lottery for receiving a ginseng harvest permit, you may do so between June 15 and July 15, 2014.
In 2013, the USFS in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests implemented these changes to wild ginseng harvests:
In addition to reducing the legal harvest of wild ginseng, the Forest Service plans to increase law enforcement efforts to reduce poaching. Again, removing a wild ginseng plant or its parts from national forests without a permit or outside of the legal harvest season is considered theft of public property. Penalties for plant poaching may include a fine up to $5,000 or 6-month sentence in federal prison, or both.
Every plant on the national forest is public property and is sustainably managed by the Forest Service to meet the needs of present and future generations.
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