“It would become extinct in five years with no incentive to replant.”

A lesson in conservation: wild ginseng, which often grows on parkland, is under pressure due to high demand from overseas, but an expert says “if the Feds try to protect [it] by banning its sale, the black market will swallow the remainder up.” [Clint Rainey, New York mag]

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  • If it is being harvested from parkland, then it is a classic tragedy of the commons, so whether or not the feds ban its sale, it is probably doomed.

    • It grows on private land as well, but the wild ginseng is so valuable that it gets poached off private land too.

      What I don’t get is given how valuable the NA wild ginseng is why hasn’t anyone tried actively cultivating it yet?