Definition of Wildcrafting:
The practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or "wild" habitat, for food or medicinal purposes; the growing and gathering of herbs and other wild plants.
Always leave an area better than you found it.
Leave the area as undisturbed as possible.
Do not damage other plants or disrupt the earth if possible.
Only take what you need - take jar with you and fill as you gather so you don’t over harvest.
Aerial parts: Take from middle size growth, leaving the largest and smallest plants of the community; never more than ⅓ of patch. If there are only a few plants in the area, take nothing.
Collect the plant in a way that lets it propagate:
If it grows from seed, leave some flowers that can go to seed.
Rhizome growers benefit from just thinning out the plant intermittently.
Bark: Do not ring a tree! “Prune” the tree for its benefit (cutting at a junction stimulates immune system). If there are suckers, use those.
Roots: Dig or gently pull up the plant, shake off any excess dirt, and cut off part of the root, leaving enough to support the plant’s continued growth; then put the plant back into the ground. Or just dig some roots from perimeter. Take only what you need.
Do not wildcraft plants that are considered to be “Species At Risk”. In our area they are:
"Species to Watch" in our area are:
For a complete list of plants, see https://www.unitedplantsavers.org/species-at-risk
Tip - many of these plants are easily grown in your yard. Ready access and you can be a part of increasing their numbers!