Soaring prices of ginseng fuel poachers

Soaring prices of ginseng fuel poachers

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Don Dobbs, owner of Buckhorn Ginseng in Wisconsin, shows a wild ginseng root, which can be worth as much as $600 a pound – a large increase in 10 years.
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo wild ginseng root dries at Buckhorn Ginseng, in Richland Center, Wis. Police say more and more people are combing the woods from the upper Mississippi River to Appalachia searching for the increasingly rare plant as prices soar and the economy sputters. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
Ed McCann, a warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, heads toward a property where the DNR caught someone suspected of digging wild ginseng root illegally. Law enforcement officials say the price of wild ginseng, which can be worth as much as $600 a pound, has pushed people looking for quick money, particularly the unemployed and drug addicts, into the woods, never mind permits, permission or preservation.

Soaring prices of ginseng fuel poachers

Don Dobbs, owner of Buckhorn Ginseng in Wisconsin, shows a wild ginseng root, which can be worth as much as $600 a pound – a large increase in 10 years.
In this Sept. 18, 2012, photo wild ginseng root dries at Buckhorn Ginseng, in Richland Center, Wis. Police say more and more people are combing the woods from the upper Mississippi River to Appalachia searching for the increasingly rare plant as prices soar and the economy sputters. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
Ed McCann, a warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, heads toward a property where the DNR caught someone suspected of digging wild ginseng root illegally. Law enforcement officials say the price of wild ginseng, which can be worth as much as $600 a pound, has pushed people looking for quick money, particularly the unemployed and drug addicts, into the woods, never mind permits, permission or preservation.
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