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    Default The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains

    David A. Taylor
    April 21, 2016

    A profitable black market for the native shrub pits the National Park Service against poor residents of Appalachia.

    This winter, amid the news of the FBI’s arrest of the remaining occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, another story unfolded more quietly in the Appalachians. At the heart of it were a small plant that plays a significant role in eastern mountain forests - American ginseng - and Billy Joe Hurley, a North Carolina man who had just been released from prison for stealing ginseng plants from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hurley, 47, has been convicted at least five times, stretching back nearly two decades. While ordinarily such a case would be the stuff of the local paper’s police blotter, Hurley’s malfeasance is unusual, garnering national coverage, both because American ginseng roots fetch high prices in Asian markets – hundreds of dollars a pound—and the oddity of a plant heist resulting in a prison sentence.

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    Default Re: The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains

    This 3 year old dated Smithsonian article issue came to my attention from watching the Quest cable channel via free, over-the- air antenna reception HDTV, on actual UHF channel 20.3, formerly and still known as (virtual) UHF channel 65.3, Unimas KTFN, El Paso,TX., APPALACHIAN OUTLAWS series http://www.questtv.com/find-quest .

    There is substantial money in licensed harvesting, and especially poaching, wild ginseng on government land, since the coal mining industry and related economy has been dwindling. See related HH coal and water thread: https://www.hawkeshealth.net/communi...ad.php?t=19500
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