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May 7, 2012 – Cumberland Gap National Historical Park targets ginseng poaching

Knoxnews.com published Morgan Simmons article – Cumberland Gap National Historical Park targets ginseng poaching

 

Below are a few segments from the article I found interesting. 

A Middlesboro, Ky., man will pay a stiff price for poaching wild ginseng is Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Jeffrey Langford was among several ginseng poachers caught last year as a result of the park's crackdown.

"We're definitely catching more ginseng poachers," said Gene Wesloh, lead field ranger for Cumberland Gap park. "We're spending more time in the woods, and we're investing in more technology."

For years Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has used cameras and remote sensing units to combat ginseng poaching. This year, the park added another high-tech deterrent that involves injecting each individual ginseng root with a special dye as well as a metal chip to mark the plant's location.

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