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• No license is required to dig wild ginseng on private land in Pennsylvania.
• A commercial license must be obtained from the state by anyone who intends to export from the state any ginseng harvested in Pennsylvania.
• The harvest season for wild ginseng in Pennsylvania is September 1 to November 30. Possession of harvested fresh (“green”) ginseng is prohibited from April 1 and August 31.
• Pennsylvania state law requires that all harvested wild ginseng plants have at least 3 prongs of 5 leaflets each, and that plants are collected only when the fruit is red.
• Pennsylvania requires that seeds of collected wild ginseng be planted in the immediate vicinity of the collection site.
• Ginseng may not be harvested on state owned lands in Pennsylvania.
• The PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator. This office can bereached at (717) 787-3444 or:
6th Floor, Rachel Carson
State Office Bldg.
P.O. Box 8552
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552
• A permit is required to collect ginseng in Allegheny National Forest, which can be contacted at (814) 723-5150 or via mail:
Warren, PA 16368
Provided by the American Herbal Products Association, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and United Plant Savers