wjz-13 all-news-99-1-wnew 1057-the-fan 1300logo2_67x35
BREAKING: Ray Rice Answers Questions About Assault, Suspension| Read Story| Watch Press Conference

Local

Md. Bans Ginseng Hunting On State Land

View Comments
(AP Photo/Pat Little)

(AP Photo/Pat Little)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is banning the harvesting of wild ginseng on state lands.

Biologist Jonathan McKnight said Friday that the prohibition takes effect Sept. 1, the start of the ginseng season. It doesn’t apply to ginseng found on private land.

A state-funded study last year found that the plant with supposed medicinal properties has nearly disappeared from Maryland except in the far western mountains.

Fifteen of the 34 states with native ginseng prohibit harvesting altogether. McKnight says none of the states surrounding Maryland allows ginseng hunting on state land.

The Maryland Agriculture Department licenses ginseng diggers. Program manager Robert Trumbule says the state should promote commercial cultivation of ginseng to ensure a reliable supply.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus