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Ormsby, Alison [1], Leopold, Susan [2].

Sanctuary Networks for Medicinal Plant Conservation.

For centuries, traditional healers have used medicinal plants.  In addition, it is recognized that custodians of sacred natural sites hold knowledge about the botanical resources of these natural areas.  Many sacred sites contain medicinal plants not found elsewhere.  In order for these important plants to survive for future generations, it is critical that they are conserved now.  This could be through on-site (in situ) conservation, or off-site (ex situ) cultivation at botanical gardens or home gardens.  It is critical that the keepers of the medicinal plant knowledge are respected and that as plants are harvested, it is done in a sustainable manner, with permission of landowners. To preserve biodiversity and plant knowledge, the Botanical Sanctuaries and Sacred Seeds Sanctuary networks were formed.  These community-based initiatives are networks of individual and community gardens.  The networks provide support for the conservation of medicinal plants through publicity, natural resource management advice, and training opportunities.  The Botanical Sanctuaries Network was established in 2000 and currently consists of 111 sanctuary gardens across the United States and Canada.  The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary network is a global program of over 30 gardens.  This presentation will provide examples of botanical sanctuaries within the networks, the results of a 2015 sanctuary network workshop, and success stories from sanctuaries.

Related Links:
Botanical Sanctuary Network
Sacred Seeds Sanctuary network

1 - UNCA, Environmental Studies, 137 Rhoades-Robinson Hall, CPO #2330, One University Heights, Asheville, NC, 28804, USA
2 - United Plant Savers, 3526 Fiery Run Road, Linden, VA, 22642, USA

medicinal plants

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Abstract ID:21
Candidate for Awards:None