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Buffalo River Officials Fighting Plant Thefts

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 7th, 2013
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By: Wayne Powell
Posted: Monday, January 07, 2013

The Buffalo National River Parks is combating the poaching of ginseng that grows naturally in the park with a new marking system.

The marking system uses a permanent adhesive that includes a dye color specific to the park. The identification system also has a magnetic component and a florescent light signature. This id system allows positive identification of native ginseng illegally removed from the park. The marking system has already proven useful in the apprehension and conviction of ginseng poachers.

Ginseng Panax Quinquefolius is a native perennial plant that is highly valued for its medicinal qualities in the herb trade. The dollar value of the root makes it a prime target for poaching.


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