CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry is reminding ginseng diggers that the deadline to get ginseng weight receipts is Friday, March 31. Failure to meet the deadline could result in a fine or jail time and confiscation of the ginseng.
West Virginia law prohibits possession of ginseng roots from April 1 through Aug. 31 without a weight receipt from the Division of Forestry.
West Virginia’s ginseng season runs Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Each year, diggers have until March 31 to sell to a registered West Virginia ginseng dealer or have roots weight-receipted at one of the Division of Forestry weigh stations.
The Division of Forestry website, www.wvforestry.com, provides a list of West Virginia dealers and nine weigh stations around the state. The list is also available from Robin Black, ginseng coordinator for the Division of Forestry. She may be contacted at 304-558-2788, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Ginseng prices this year have been low, due in part to the surplus from last season,” Black said. “The low prices lead diggers to hold on to the roots in hopes the market will rise. That’s no problem — if the roots have been weight receipted before the March 31 deadline.”
Anyone with ginseng should contact a weigh station to arrange for their supply to be weight receipted as soon as possible.
“This does not allow the individual to take his or her ginseng across state lines to sell it,” she said. “It must be sold to a West Virginia registered dealer when the season opens Sept. 1, 2017.”
For more information about ginseng, visit the Division of Forestry at wvforestry.com.
Ginseng roots must be weight receipted by Friday, March 31. Visit the West Virginia Division of Forestry website www.wvforestry.com for a list of weigh stations and other information.
FOR RELEASE: March 30, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: , Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, Catherine.M.Zacchi@wv.gov