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Regulations to export wild American ginsengs | Print |  E-mail


note: CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which lists ginseng as one of many plant and animal species that need protection.

• CITES permits are required for export of American ginseng, and must be obtained from the FWS’s Division of Management Authority (DMA).

  • Complete and submit export application form 3-200-34 to DMA (download at: http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-34.pdf).

  • Photocopies of your valid State ginseng dealer's permit or license, and of your valid U.S. Department of Agriculture General Permit must be submitted with your application.

  • For the upcoming harvest season, applications for wild ginseng should be submitted to DMA no sooner than July 15th.

  • Applications for wild ginseng from prior harvest seasons may be submitted at any time.

  • Wild ginseng collected in different harvest seasons require separate CITES exports permits issued specific to the season that the ginseng was collected in.

  • Allow DMA 60 days to process your application.

  • A complete original CITES export permit plus two complete copies of that permit, a complete Wild Ginseng Export Report, the original State Certificates, and a shipper's invoice are all required at the time of export. CITES export permits are valid for six months.

  • For more information, contact DMA at:
phone:1-800-358-2104 or 1-703-358-2104;
Fax:1-703-358-2281;
E-mail:
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Web Address:
http://www.fws.gov/permits

 

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Wisconsin Ginseng Law and Regulations | Print |  E-mail


All harvesters are required to purchase a harvester license ($15.75 for residents and $30.75 for non-residents), unless the individual harvests on their own land and is not selling. The license must be in the digger’s possession when harvesting or selling wild ginseng.

• Anyone who buys more than 8 ounces of wild ginseng in Wisconsin for resale must obtain a Wisconsin Dealer’s License form the WI Department of Natural Resources.

The harvest season for wild ginseng in Wisconsin is from September 1 to November 1. Ginseng harvested during this season may be sold by harvesters from September 1 to March 31 of the next year.

• Under Wisconsin law, all harvested ginseng plants must have at least 3 prongs and a fruiting stalk, and the berries must be red in color. Diggers are required to keep the prongs and stalk from each harvested plant to provide proof that they were present.

• Ginseng diggers in Wisconsin are required to replant the seeds of harvested wild ginseng in the area of the parent plants.

• Ginseng may not be harvested on state or federal owned lands in Wisconsin.

• The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, serves as the state’s wild ginseng coordinator, and can be reached at

(608) 438-5496 or (608) 279-1960 or at:

Wild Ginseng Program, LE/8
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921

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West Virginia Ginseng Law and Regulations | Print |  E-mail


• No license is required to harvest wild ginseng on private land in West Virginia, though written permission must be obtained to dig ginseng on private property in the state.

• Ginseng dealers in the state must register with the West Virginia Division of Forestry to obtain a permit.

The harvest season for wild ginseng in West Virginia is from September 1 to November 30.

Ginseng harvested during this season must be sold to a registered dealer by March 31 or “weight receipted” to hold over to the next season.

• Under West Virginia law, all harvested ginseng plants must have at least 3 prongs and 15 leaflets, and the berries must be red in color.

Ginseng diggers in West Virginia are required to replant the seeds of harvested wild ginseng where the plants are harvested.

Ginseng may not be harvested on state owned lands in West Virginia.

• The West Virginia Division of Forestry, serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator, and can be reached at (304) 558-2788 or at:

1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0180

• A permit is required to collect ginseng in Monongahela National Forest. Contact the Forest’s office at (304) 636-1800 or via mail:

200 Sycamore Street
Elkins, WV 26241

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Virginia Ginseng Law and Regulations | Print |  E-mail


• No license is required to harvest wild ginseng on private land in Virginia, but permission must be obtained from the landowner or managing authority.

• Anyone in Virginia who purchases ginseng for resale state must obtain a dealer’s license from the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The harvest season for wild ginseng in Virginia is from August 15 to December 31, except that this does not apply to harvest on one’s own land. Ginseng harvested during this season must be sold to a dealer by March 31 or be certified by the state.

• Virginia’s ginseng coordinator recommends that wild ginseng be harvested only after the berries are red, and that harvested plants have at least 4 prongs. The state’s ginseng coordinator also recommends that seeds from harvested wild ginseng be planted at the site of digging.

• The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Plant & Pest Services, Endangered Species Coordinator, serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator, and can be reached at (804) 786-3515 or by addressing correspondence to:

P.O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218

• Permits for ginseng collection are NOT being issued on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Contact the office for these Forests at (540) 265-5100 or via mail:

5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019

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3.1-1027
Wild ginseng declared threatened plant species; license; harvesting season
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The indigenous plant, Panax quinquefolius L., of the Araliaceae family, commonly referred to as ginseng, is hereby declared a threatened plant species when it occurs in the wild. All persons buying wild ginseng or otherwise accepting this plant or part thereof for resale shall be licensed to do so and shall acquire wild ginseng or parts thereof in accordance with this chapter and the rules and regulations established by the authority of this chapter. The wild ginseng harvest season shall be August 15 to December 31 annually. If any person takes wild ginseng, other than from his own land, on any other date it shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.

3.1-1026
License required to buy threatened species; records of purchases

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to buy any threatened species or part thereof, which is listed in this chapter or rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, without first obtaining a license to do so from the Commissioner. Provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to the purchase or sale of real property upon which such threatened species or part thereof may be located. Application forms shall be provided by the Commissioner and shall be completed and returned with a fee of ten dollars made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. Licenses shall expire on December 31 annually and there shall be no abatement in the annual fee. Licenses may be revoked at any time by the Commissioner for good cause.

B. The buyer of any threatened species or part thereof shall maintain and keep records of all purchases for the preceding twelve months on forms prescribed by the Commissioner. Records shall be sent or otherwise provided to the Commissioner within thirty days following the expiration of the license. Records shall be made available to the Commissioner or his assistants during normal business hours for examination or information.

3.1-1027.1
Export certificate required for export of ginseng; exception; records

All persons who have ginseng either wild or artificially propagated in any quantity and who wish to export any amount out of the Commonwealth shall obtain an export certificate from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to persons exporting ginseng for personal or individual use in quantities not exceeding eight ounces in any calendar year. To obtain an export certificate, an individual shall keep accurate records of the year of harvest and the county of origin of the ginseng. In the case of dealers, a person shall keep accurate records of purchases, quantity purchased, whether the ginseng was wild or cultivated, county of origin, and the name of the seller. Such records shall be presented to the Commissioner or his assistants for inspection.

3.1-1030 Penalty

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter or the rules and regulations promulgated thereto shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

 
Vermont Ginseng Law and Regulations | Print |  E-mail


• A Ginseng Collector’s Permit is required to collect wild ginseng in Vermont. Collectors are also required to obtain permission to collect wild ginseng on property owned by persons other than themselves.

• A Ginseng Dealer’s Permit is required to buy wild or cultivated ginseng harvested in Vermont. Collectors that export their Vermont harvests are also required to obtain a Ginseng Dealer’s Permit.

The harvest season for wild ginseng in Vermont is from August 20 to October 10. Wild ginseng harvested during this season must be inspected and certified by March 31 of the next year.

• Vermont state law prohibits the harvest of any wild ginseng that has green, unripe fruit or less than three 5-leaf prongs.

• Vermont requires that seeds of collected wild ginseng be planted in the immediate locale from which the root was taken.

• The necks (“rhizomes”) must be present to certify wild ginseng roots for export from Vermont, unless age can be determined without the necks present.

• Ginseng may not be harvested on state owned lands in Vermont, nor in the Green Mountain National Forest.

• The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Plant Industry Section, serves as the state ginseng coordinator. This office can be reached at (802) 241-3544 or at:

116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620

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