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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

Provided by the American Herbal Products Association, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and United Plant Savers

 
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