HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s considering banning the age-old tradition of harvesting wild ginseng on state lands.
Biologist Jonathan McKnight said Monday that a state-funded study last year found that the root with supposed medicinal properties has nearly disappeared from Maryland except in the far western mountains.READ MORE: Two Teenagers Shot, One Killed, At Inner Harbor During Memorial Day Weekend, Police Say
McKnight says he expects a ban to be announced before the next harvest season begins Sept. 1.READ MORE: Baltimore City And Surrounding Communities Experiencing High Community Transmission Of COVID-19
Fifteen of the 34 states with native ginseng prohibit harvesting. McKnight says none of the states surrounding Maryland allow ginseng hunting on state land.
The Maryland Agriculture Department licenses ginseng diggers. Program manager Robert Trumbule says a ban may be hard to enforce. He says the state should promote commercial cultivation in wooded areas to ensure a reliable supply.MORE NEWS: Gervonta Davis, Longtime Trainers, Ready For Main Event Showdown
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