AUSTIN, Texas, March 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) has offered its inaugural ABC Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award to the United Plant Savers (UpS), a nonprofit, grassroots plant conservation group. The award acknowledges excellence in conservation, sustainability, and regenerative farming efforts associated to medicinal and fragrant vegetation. It’s named in honor of botanist, writer, and photographer Steven Foster, who died on January 15, 2022, and commemorates his skilled curiosity, writing, and advocacy work on this discipline.
Every year, the ABC Foster Award will acknowledge a person, nonprofit group, or business herb firm that’s dedicated to sustainable and regenerative practices within the botanical business or wider neighborhood in the USA or internationally. Recipients can be taking motion to handle botanical sustainability points and contributing to a broader understanding of cultural and organic variety, soil well being, local weather change, financial justice, and extra. They may even exhibit appreciation for the fantastic thing about the pure world.
Foster had greater than 40 years of expertise with sustainability and conservation on the earth of herbs and medicinal vegetation. He served on ABC’s Board of Trustees for greater than twenty years, was a key guide and content material contributor for ABC’s Sustainable Herbs Program (SHP), advocated for business commerce resolutions to guard threatened botanicals, and was a founding member of the UpS advisory board.
UpS was based in 1994. Its mission is “to guard native medicinal vegetation, fungi, and their habitats whereas guaranteeing renewable populations to be used by generations to come back,” in keeping with the UpS web site. The group owns a 379-acre botanical and wildlife sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, within the northern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The sanctuary is residence to tons of of plant species, a lot of that are native Appalachian vegetation, together with a big inhabitants of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis).
In 2019, throughout UpS’ twenty fifth anniversary, the group opened its Middle for Medicinal Plant Conservation. This facility, on the entrance of the sanctuary, is open to the general public and devoted to famend ethnobotanist and ABC co-founder James “Jim” Duke, PhD, and his spouse, Peggy, a botanical artist. The constructing features a classroom for the group’s extensive number of academic applications, a business kitchen to be used as a educating apothecary, a library of books about medicinal vegetation, a museum, an herbarium cupboard, and extra. The venue is supposed to interact and educate the neighborhood and function a mannequin to hopefully encourage different botanical sanctuaries to determine comparable facilities that remember and assist preserve the medicinal plant variety of their respective areas.
UpS’ sanctuary is the middle of its Botanical Sanctuary Community, wherein UpS members designate personal land for use for the conservation of medicinal and different vegetation. This community contains sanctuaries all through the USA and Canada. UpS gives sure advantages for members of the community. The group’s Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificates Program, wherein college students find out about medicinal plant identification, the right way to sustainably harvest and put together the vegetation to be used, and extra, has attracted folks from all over the world. UpS additionally publishes an annual journal, Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, and different academic content material. Its Species At-Danger Checklist tracks native species it considers to be threatened or in any other case in danger. The group additionally hosts occasions and workshops, affords grants and awards, and extra.
“It’s such a particular and becoming honor for UpS to be chosen as the primary recipient of the ABC Steven Foster Award,” Rosemary Gladstar, famous herbalist, writer, and founding father of UpS, wrote (e-mail, March 19, 2022). “I do know Steven could be happy. He was an avid supporter of UpS and served on the UpS Board of Administrators from 2000 to 2003. Steven introduced his many abilities and skills, and likewise his wit and great humorousness, to the board conferences. I keep in mind pondering how way more enjoyable, and productive, these lengthy board conferences had been when Steven was current.
“Steven was extremely beneficiant in sharing his many abilities and skills with UpS,” Gladstar added. “He not solely contributed his time and experience to the board conferences, but in addition taught at a number of UpS occasions and conferences. He was a contributing writer of the UpS e-book Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs [Inner Traditions, 2000], wrote a number of articles for the Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, and contributed a lot of his lovely plant images for UpS’ At-Danger and To-Watch lists. These are lasting presents to UpS.
“His crowning contribution, nonetheless, was at UpS’ twenty fifth Anniversary Celebration and grand opening of its Middle for Medicinal Plant Conservation,” Gladstar continued. “Steven, who was an in depth good friend of the Dukes, gave a surprising keynote presentation that highlighted the life and work of [Jim and Peggy]. It appears a becoming legacy that we at the moment are honoring Steven Foster for his quite a few contributions to herbalism, his long-term love affair with the vegetation, his work with UpS and different plant conservation organizations, and the numerous presents he shared with the natural neighborhood over the previous a number of a long time.”
Susan Leopold, PhD, the manager director of UpS, additionally expressed gratitude for the award. “We’re honored to be the recipient of the inaugural ABC Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award,” Leopold wrote (e-mail, March 11, 2022). “An enormous due to our members, Board of Administrators, and workers for his or her dedication to the vegetation. We couldn’t do what we do with out them.
“Steven leaves a legacy for us all to hold on, as we advocate for the sweetness and knowledge medicinal herbs present,” Leopold added. “Steven was extremely supportive of UpS’ most up-to-date mission: the Duke Ethnobotanical Archives. Jim and Steven had been each mentors to so many. The conservation and sustainability of medicinal herbs rely on the continued mentorship of the following era. ABC’s Steven Foster Award will elevate the work of those that stick with it his spirit of mentorship, analysis, and advocacy.”
“Whereas there are numerous organizations, firms, and people which are doing wonderful work within the areas of medicinal and fragrant plant conservation, sustainability growth, and regenerative farming, in the USA and internationally, it was clear to all of us concerned with the inaugural ABC Steven Foster award that Steven would have wished us to acknowledge UpS for its laudable mission and important work,” mentioned Mark Blumenthal, ABC founder and govt director, and an in depth private good friend and colleague of Foster’s. “UpS is basically deserving of this recognition and is the apparent group to obtain it.”
The primary annual ABC Steven Foster Botanical Conservation and Sustainability Award was offered to Susan Leopold by Ann Armbrecht, PhD, Director of the ABC Sustainable Herbs Program, on the seventeenth Annual ABC Celebration and Botanical Excellence Awards Ceremony on March 9, 2022, in Anaheim, California, as a part of Pure Merchandise Expo West. That is the seventh award created by ABC to acknowledge excellent work within the medicinal and fragrant plant communities.
The ABC awards course of and ceremony had been underwritten by these ABC Sponsor Members in the USA and worldwide botanical business: Alkemist Labs, Amin Talati Wasserman LLP, Utilized Meals Sciences, Brassica Safety Merchandise, ChromaDex, Euromed, EuroPharma, Herbalife, Horphag Analysis, Indena USA, Informa, MegaFood, Pure Components, New Chapter, NOW Meals, PlusPharma Inc., RFI, RT Specialty, United Pure Merchandise Alliance, and Verdure Sciences.
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