Conserving American Ginseng

Foraging wild American ginseng has long been a traditional rural money-making hobby, but now, overharvesting threatens the plant’s survival.

Jessica B. Turner is a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University. She studies ginseng conservation, specifically in regards to surface mining. Jessica is a Phipps Conservatory Botany in Action Fellow, with a passion for scientific outreach.
Photo courtesy Jessica B. Turner