22k sure makes that one ripe berry I found yesterday seem pretty paltry:unsure: That one was on a wild plant, but it sure looks like it will be a little while before there are many more that are ripe. I'm hoping to get one thousand, but even that number will take a good deal of good luck to get to. I'll be planting all of them this fall.
Hugh - a lot of my 3 leafers went down already too. I'm more inclined to believe that it was due to the extreme dry conditions we had during May and June. Hate to hear that plants you've found have been poached already. Did you notify the authorities?
I'm sure the heat has been a factor since it was blistering hot here for 2 weeks or more. I took a few pictures of the 3 leafers to show what is happening to them in the mountains. Since I don't want to get \"dinged\" for too much negativity, I'm going to add a nice picture of a rainbow to make Darrin G envious. We'll find out what he has been doing.
I have been trying to get in touch with the USFS officer that is in charge of the ginseng program for 1-1/2 months with no luck. He doesn't answer his phone and he will not return calls. I checked with the regional office to buy a permit to dig legally and I found out that you can only get one on the morning of the opening date. You have to stand in line and it is $30.00 for a compartment. They sell \"first come-\"first serve\" and the lady told me they line up before daylight. I have all those plants in the ground and no assurance of being able to get to them when they are big enough to dig. No where have I ever seen that they only sell in compartments on a \"first come\"-\"first serve\" basis. This information needs to be made public on this board.
Hugh, I understand your frustration with this. A couple of years ago I decided to go sang hunting in the Wayne National Forest. I called ahead of time and found out that I could only pick up a permit in person. I spent quite a bit of time studying topo maps and figured out exactly where I wanted to go. When I got down there and paid for my permit. the lady pulled out a map and proceeds to show me all the shaded areas that were off limits. I had to spend the next hour figuring out where I wanted to go. It was still a nice day in the woods, bit definitely. was frustrating to start with.