State agriculture officials are proposing a regulation aimed at ensuring the survival of wild ginseng in Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services developed the regulation to address concerns voiced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which notified the state in 2010 that current practices aren’t adequate to ensure ginseng’s survival in Virginia.
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has expressed concern that without this regulation, it may not be able to continue to issue a nondetriment finding for the export of ginseng from Virginia, which would result in a prohibition on the export of ginseng from Virginia and effectively stop the harvest of this plant for commercial purposes. A conservative estimate of the annual value of ginseng exported from Virginia is approximately $1.5 million,” the state agency said in a notice published in the Virginia Register of Regulations.