This summer I began field and greenhouse trial studies on the ecology of ginseng with Dr. Griscom. We chose to study the ecology of ginseng because ginseng is a valuable Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) that was once abundant in the Appalachia region. The ultimate goal is to see American ginseng thrive again in local and native forests. Three weeks in June were spent in West Virginia taking hemigraphic light photos, chosing sites, collecting soil, and building seed beds. In the fall and next summer we will continue these trials in both the field and greenhouses. This summer the greenhouses were also prepared to plant seeds in the fall.

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