Appalachian Cove Virtual Series – Ginseng webinar
August 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
This webinar is the first in a series that replaces an original event that was scheduled for August 7, 2020 entitled Mountain Cove Forest Management and Conservation in the Central Appalachians. That original event will not be held due to Covid-19.
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The effect of timber harvest on the growth of American ginseng
August 7, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
1 SAF CFE credit approval pending
Timber harvest is a common disturbance that is important due to its ongoing, cyclical nature and its direct effects on forest canopy structure. Most of the research regarding logging has focused on the study of trees, with less emphasis placed on the incredibly diverse herbaceous understory. Due to the high demand for its root on the Asian market, ginseng is the premier medicinal non-timber forest product in the United States. Historic accounts suggest that ginseng was once far more abundant than it is today, and while over harvesting of ginseng for its root is often described as the primary cause of reductions in population size, extensive changes in ginseng habitat caused by logging likely played a role in ginseng decline.
In this webinar, we will ask: “Do the traditional logging practices of eastern hardwood forests have negative side effects on the survival, growth, and reproduction of wild American ginseng?”
We will be joined by Dr. Jim McGraw, and Dr. Jennifer Chandler who is the Guild’s new Southeast Program Manager! Their bios are coming soon.
More webinars in this series will be announced soon. Please stay tuned!