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Ginseng harvest period opens soon for 2 NC national forests

June 3, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The time period to apply for the popular ginseng harvest permits in two national forests in North Carolina is approaching.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the dates to apply for the permits in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests is June 10 through July 12.

A permit is required to collect wild ginseng in the two national forests during the designated harvest season. Those seeking a permit must call or visit a ranger district office and submit their name and address for the lottery.

Forest Service botanist Gary Kauffman says ginseng attracted prices of $600 to $900 a dry pound last year. It takes 300 plants to make one dry pound.

Notifications will be mailed to the winners before Aug. 16. District offices will start issuing permits to selected applicants Aug. 26.

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