It’s ginseng hunting season in Virginia, with some limits

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — It’s open season on ginseng hunting in Virginia from now until the end of the year.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports that means you’re allowed to dig up the roots of a plant that could fetch as much as $700 per pound.

But because wild American ginseng is a threatened species in Virginia, a number of laws apply to harvesting it. Those regulations include replacing each plant with seeds from the one dug.

Ginseng collection is also prohibited on most public lands in Virginia.

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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says approximately 2,400 pounds of ginseng roots valued at $1 million were harvested in Virginia during the 2017 season. It takes between 250 and 300 roots to acquire one pound of wild ginseng.

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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com

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