Plant Industry Services
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of wild ginseng, Panax quinquefolius L., in Virginia.
Wild ginseng is listed as a threatened plant under Virginia’s Endangered Plant and Insect Species Act. The Regulation of the Harvest and Purchase of Wild Ginseng was adopted by the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to ensure the continued viability of this threatened plant.
Harvesting Ginseng from Someone Else’s Property
Individuals intending to harvest from another’s land should obtain permission in writing from the landowner before removing any ginseng plants or plant parts, and also to carry the permission with them while searching or digging for ginseng.
Harvesting Ginseng from Local or State Land
The removal of ginseng plants from local or state lands is generally prohibited without obtaining written permission beforehand. Individuals should contact the appropriate local or state authority responsible for management of the public lands to determine if ginseng harvesting is permissible and the permits those authorities may require.
Harvesting Ginseng from Federal Land
At present, permits are not being issued for the collection of ginseng from national forests or parks due to concerns over the viability of ginseng on public lands.
Ginseng Management Program
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