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Welcome to Columbines School of Botanical Studies Wildcrafting Pages
Wildcrafting is gathering plant material from its native "wild" environment. Wildcrafting is stewardship. This means we take care of the land and our plant populations or stands. We harvest in a way that insures the health of the stand for our children. We should be able to return to this stand year after year. It will teach us many secrets about ecology and population dynamics. It is not a one-night stand.
Articles from Columbine’s School of Botanical Studies
: This article was written in the spring of 1995 for a local free magazine on healing arts called Healing Currents. I’ve made slight modifications and a few links to other pages, but all in all you will have to imagine yourself spending an endless winter under the constant grey clouds and wet drizzle of the Pacific Northwest in the USA. Finally the long, slow, green spring that makes all the rain worthwhile arrives.
and thoughts about rare, threatened and endangered plants.
: Some thoughts about the floods of the winter of 1995/96, and its impact on low elevation creeks.
: More thoughts about flooding, from the floods of the winter of 1996/97, and its impact on seed dispersal.
Additional Wildcrafting Articles of Interest
by 7Song from the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.
What plants are federally protected in the United States? Check theat the US Fish and Wildlife server for the complete federal listings.
Close to home, your own state may have locally protected plants. When traveling around and harvesting, you may not realize that the Lomatium you see only grows in a thirty mile circle around you. Better browse through thefor the local listings.