BRWS Chapter Meeting: Native Forest Plants Foraged for Food and Medicine: Impacts and implications for sustainability with Jim Chamberlain, PhD

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Date(s) - Monday, October 28, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs


Long before the technology existed to cut timber from forests, people were gathering food, medicine and other products. These practices continue today, and are deeply embedded in the culture of our society. Foraging food and medicine from forests has increased over the last decade, with the ‘farm to table’ culinary movement, and increased interest in natural remedies. The presentation examines the ecological and economic importance of the plants and related products. Dr. Chamberlain will explore the potential impacts harvesting has on plant populations. He will discuss the implications of unmanaged harvesting on the sustainability of native plant populations.

Dr. Jim Chamberlain, a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service, is a global expert on non-timber forest products management, production and valuation. Jim received his Ph.D. from the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech in 2000, with a focus on managing forests for non-timber forest products. He leads research to quantify and articulate the ecological and economic impacts of harvesting edible and medicinal forest products. He has published extensively on the subject, having recently produced a comprehensive national assessment of these products, relative to climate change.

Meet: 7:00 pm, Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, 3640 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke

Contact: Ellen Holtman, 389-1514