Please help spread the word about this unique conference
that is coming up really soon in Asheville, NC.
It is the 21st annual SAMAB Conference, i.e., the Southern Appalachian
Man and the Biosphere Conference. I have
never attended this conference before because it always seemed to be geared
toward the Forest Service, timber issues, the effect of climate on the forest,
Interesting, but not really the areas I'm working
in. This year the organizers asked me to
be on the program committee and help them design a conference with an emphasis
on special forest products, wild-harvesting issues, forest medicinals,
etc. Right up my alley! So.
We have a great conference planned! On Tuesday, Nov. 15th there will be a full
afternoon panel and audience discussion on sustainable wild-harvesting.
Panel members include two well-known herb buyers, a
botanist, an ethnobotanist, and yours truly.
On Wednesday and Thursday I will moderate sessions on Special Forest
Products. Issues covered will include
cultivating medicinal herbs in the forest, mushroom growing and marketing,
ramps, sustainable black cohosh harvesting, maple syrup production in the South,
making money from kudzu, genetic variations in native goldenseal populations,
what augmenting natural medicinal plant populations does, and more.
I'm excited about the conference, but we don't have a
whole bunch of people signed up. In some
ways that it good, because those there will get a real intimate
experience. But I hate to think of all
the folks who are going to contact me afterwards and say, hey, why didn't you
tell me about this conference?
So, here's the link.
Look it over. Note, the program
has changed a little; most notably the conference will end at 4:00 on
Thursday. Spread the word, sign up
yourself, and I hope to see you there.
Here's the link:
Labels: conference, forest, non-timber forest products