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American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and wood thrush (Hylocia mustelina ). Watercolor painting by Susan Bull Riley.

The Mission of WildAmericanGinseng.org

This website is designed to provide state-of-the-art scientific information to the public, researchers and to policymakers for the purpose of conserving American ginseng for the long-term. As a species with economic, cultural, ecological, and medicinal value, everyone should have the best interests of ginseng conservation in mind. However, in a rapidly changing world, both direct and indirect effects of our species on valuable native plants such as ginseng often threaten their persistence.  By raising awareness of and emphasizing that ginseng is just one of thousands of special plants impacted by human actions, we provide the scientific basis to motivate land owners, land managers, policy makers, harvesters, and consumers to become better stewards of our precious natural resources.

Wild American Ginseng Conservation Collaborative


Our mission is to provide a web resource for the general public and other stakeholders that translates the rigorous science of ginseng ecology and conservation into terms that everyone can understand. We believe publicly funded scientific studies should share the information gained by that support. This website is a product of that effort, and that of the greater ginseng community.

This website is created in collaboration with 

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Mission Statement

United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants, fungi, and their habitats while ensuring renewable populations for use by generations to come.

The work of United Plant Savers involves research, education, and conservation of native medicinal plants and their habitats. We hope that you will join us in this worthwhile and important mission. UpS is a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization.

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James McGraw

James McGraw received his BS from Stanford University in 1978 and PhD from Duke University in 1982. He was Eberly Professor of Biology at West Virginia University where he taught and conducted research in Plant Population Ecology and Conservation from 1982 – 2018. He was also an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and received substantial grant support for his research. Students in his lab at West Virginia University studied conservation of ginseng (and other medicinal plants) from 1995 – present. He is also author of Wild American Ginseng: Lessons for Conservation in the Age of Humans. University of Georgia Press (coming Fall, 2022).

Jennifer Chandler

Jennifer Chandler received a BA in Business Administration from Transylvania University in 2004 and a BS in Biology from Northern Kentucky University in 2009. She earned her PhD from West Virginia University in 2016 where she studied the multifaceted response of American ginseng to canopy disturbances under Dr. James McGraw. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she works closely with undergraduate and graduate students to answer basic and applied questions about forest ecology and plant conservation in the face of change.

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Sara Jackson

Sara Jackson is a ginseng-centric individual with a passion for stewarding and conserving wild American ginseng and other native at-risk species like it. With a longtime interest in native plants, ethnobotany and Chinese medicine it seems natural to put her technology and photography skills to work creating non profit resources and educational websites, and being in service to the conservation of this remarkable species and its forest habitat. 

Honorary Members

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