Trail’s Umpherville new champs of West Kootenay Juvenile Curling

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Justin Umpherville rink, skipped by Kelvin Harper, is off to the provincials after stopping the rival Spenser Soukeroff rink 8-3 in the final of the West Kootenay Juvenile Zone Curling Championships Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.The Trail rink, with Harper as skip, Justin Uumperville at third, Harlan Young at second and rookie curler Jonathan Mock at lead, broke open a close game with four in the fifth and two in the sixth to win the contest in six ends.The final game was necessary after Soukeroff bounced the Umpherville foursome 8-2 in the A final.Umpherville opened the playdown with a 13-3 thrashing of the Alexander Hurst rink of Nelson.Umpherville then edged Soukeroff 6-5 before blasting Alex Breen of Nelson 9-2.Nelson’s Breen defeated Evan Turgeon of Grand Forks 14-1 before losing to the two Trail rinks.
Nelson’s other rink, the Hurst foursome, lost two straight in the double-knockout event.The Umpherville represents the zone at the B.C. Juvenile Championships in Cowichan in March.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

TRAX coach accepts Swim BC opportunity

first_imgCoach Park is excited to assist SWIM BC with promoting Long Term Athlete Development and EXCELLENCE in the sport of competitive swimming. He is a technical expert that ensures his swimmers are safe and swim well first before developing them to SWIM FAST.TRAX coaches are always interested in sharing their expertise and are excited to learn new advanced ways to assist the talented youth in this sport by attending camps such as the Prospects West.“The swimmers we coach learn proper fundamental skill sets in our quality academy competitive swim program and represent this community all over the Province”.“Currently we have many of our youth swimmers being named to the BC SUMMER GAMES competitive swimming prospects list for our zone and only those registered with SWIM BC are eligible for that honor this coming July,” Park said.All TRAX swimmers are working hard to proudly represent the Home of Champions.The club is thrilled with the progress of the team guided by experienced coaches such as Coach Bill Park. Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX) competitive Coach Bill Park ChPC has been selected by Swim BC to represent the Province at the Prospects West Training Camp April 10-13, 2014 in Saskatoon.Coaches are selected based on the highest FINA point scoring swim in each age group and gender.Many of the TRAX, formerly known as the Trail Winter Swim Club (TWSC), competitive swim program swimmers have scored well at both Provincial AA and AAA Championships this season.last_img read more

LVR Jr. Bombers grounded in Castlegar

first_imgBrock Dixon, LVR’s player of the game, led the Bombers with 11 points. Jack Roberts added six and Thomas Baxter had four.Earlier in the day the Bombers, dropped a 41-27 decision to the Wildcats.In the contest, the short-staffed Bomber squad was out scored 21-6.Aaron Abrosimoff paced the Cats with 11 points while Brandon Soukeroff had eight and Rory Smith and Duian Boulin each netted six.Replying for the Bombers were Teo Chow with six while Baxter, Roberts and Dylan Luscombe each had three.LVR opened the tournament dropping a lopsided decision to Prince Charles Comets.The Bombers return to action Wednesday with a trip to Mount Sentinel before hosting Grand Forks, Stanley Humphries and Boundary Central of Midway in a four-team mini-tournament Saturday at the Hangar. Once powerful basketball Bomber basketball program at L.V. Rogers looked to be grounded after the Junior Boy’s lost three straight at the Stanley Humphries Rockers Tournament during the weekend in Castlegar.The Junior Bombers, missing several key players, lost to Prince Charles of Creston, Mount Sentinel Wildcats and Salmo Falcons at the six-team tournament.On the bright side, the Bombers, putting a young, inexperienced squad on the court, cut the margin in every loss significantly, losing by 24-21 to the Falcons.Alex of Salmo scored 11 points to lead the Falcons, who led from start to finish.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

first_imgTiago Pereira91715158%41%$388,617 Mike Smith36117131%53%$844,851 Drayden Van Dyke575789%35%$321,664 Fernando Perez831010812%34%$400,908 NYQUIST WORK ‘EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED’            Kentucky Derby king Nyquist treated his fans to a public workout Saturday, recording his second breeze since finishing third in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, going five furlongs in 1:02.07 before the first race at Santa Anita.Regular rider Mario Gutierrez was aboard for the drill, which took place on a pristine track some 45 minutes before the first race of the day that went off at 1:32 p.m.Nyquist went the first quarter mile in a leisurely 26.08, then picked up the pace considerably to reach the half-mile marker in 49.20 before achieving a final time of 1:02.07.“It wasn’t super-fast, but it was exactly what we wanted,” trainer Doug O’Neill said after the work. “It was only his second breeze since the Preakness and I like the way he finished.“Our ultimate goal is the Breeders’ Cup Classic (at Santa Anita Nov. 5), so we’ll huddle up with the Reddams (Paul and Zillah) and the rest of the team and work backwards from that race. We’ll know more as we go along before coming up with a target race. He looked fantastic Sunday morning.”A decision on the next race for Nyquist may not surface for at least a week, because O’Neill is going on a rare and welcome vacation next week to Montana.“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo11721171718%47%$1,318,943 Martin Pedroza741081214%41%$348,010 FINISH LINES: Champion females Beholder and Stellar Wind, first and second in the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4, each worked Sunday at Santa Anita for a possible rematch in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30. Beholder went five furlongs in 59 flat for Richard Mandella, while Stellar Wind went the same distance in 1:00.80 for John Sadler, who called the drill “perfect.” Said Mandella: “It was a little faster than I wanted, but it was a nice five-eighths.” . . . San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy worked six furlongs in 1:13 for Bob Baffert, who has the son of Twirling Candy set for next Saturday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano has the mount in the 1 1/16-mile race for three-year-olds . . . Santa Monica winner Lost Bus, prepping for the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap on Monday, July 4, worked three furlongs for Gary Sherlock in 36 flat . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, back with Dan Hendricks after being turned out, went three furlongs in 38 seconds flat . . . Firing Line, second to Triple Crown king American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 for Simon Callaghan, who has the son of Line of David on course for a meeting with California Chrome in the San Diego Handicap on July 23 . . . Santa Anita clockers had a busy Sunday, with 324 recorded workouts, including 30 on the training track . . . Santiago Gonzalez rides at Monmouth Park today, piloting El Deal for trainer Andrew Lakeman in the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs . . . On Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States takes place at Santa Anita in the form of 626 Night Market. The growing entertainment tradition features merchandise vendors, games, food, music, and more. For more information, visit santaanita.com/events or www.626nightmarket.com . . . Santa Anita resumes live racing on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. There is free Grandstand Admission Thursday and Friday, along with free general admission parking. Santa Anita offers holiday racing on Monday, July 4, with first post time at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Flavien Prat11732181527%56%$1,609,331 Jerry Hollendorfer671371319%49%$923,743 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tim Yakteen2458121%58%$191,698 James Cassidy4064515%38%$365,475 Mike Puype4794519%38%$278,530 AWESOME AGAIN NEXT RACE FOR MELATONIN?SONGBIRD WORKS FOR EAST COAST CAMPAIGNNYQUIST ‘FANTASTIC’ AFTER PUBLIC WORKOUTMICHAEL WRONA & THE GOLD CUP–THEN & NOW REMATCH LOOMS FOR BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIIND Philip D’Amato852216726%53%$1,459,838 (Current Through Saturday, June 25) Chad Lindsay5676913%39%$168,150 Stewart Elliott888879%26%$362,515 Brayan Pena5865710%31%$144,225 Santiago Gonzalez15617222511%41%$909,200 Kent Desormeaux4667313%35%$261,175 Peter Miller531012619%53%$454,420 Doug O’Neill848151810%49%$587,826 TWENTY SIX YEARS LATER, WRONA IS AGAIN SPOT-ON WITH GOLD CUP CALL            It was 26 years ago, June 24, 1990, when a newly arrived 24-year-old Australian race caller named Michael Wrona called the action as reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion, Horse of the Year and past Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence went toe to toe with eventual Horse of the Year Criminal Type in the 50th Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup.Wayne Lukas and Jose Santos were to triumph that day by a head over Charlie Whittingham and Patrick Valenzuela in a Gold Cup for the ages.Fast forward to yesterday, and Wrona, now at age 50 and like the late Whittingham, devoid of “topside cover,” was back at the Gold Cup microphone for the first time since 1999–this time as the newly minted Voice of Santa Anita.“I have to admit, as I was doing my preparation for the race and then again as they were going to the gate, I did reflect back on that first one with Sunday Silence and Criminal Type,” said Wrona. “There was so much drama with that one and yes, there was a lot of pressure too, because here I was, the new kid on the block and I’m calling what turned out to be one of the biggest races of the year.“I’m just so thankful to Santa Anita for allowing me the opportunity to do this job and be in a position to again call races of this magnitude. If you talk to guys like Joe Talamo, Gary Stevens and Mike Smith, this is what our sport is all about. Getting the best horses in their respective divisions together and deciding things on the track.”While Wrona allowed that yesterday’s field wouldn’t be compared to some of the epic runnings of the Gold Cup, dating back to Seabiscuit’s win in the inaugural edition in 1938, his adrenaline was flowing at full speed as the stretch run unfolded.“In my mind, there was no question that Melatonin was the horse to beat,” he said. “When he took the lead turning for home after those soft fractions, you knew he was going to be extremely tough, but Gary Stevens had other ideas. I mean, he had Win the Space, the longest shot in the race, in a position to win with less than a furlong to run but Melatonin showed his class and was drawing off at the end.”Wrona described it thusly: “Melatonin’s the leader. He’s pulling away. Dave Hofmans has transformed this gelding into a star stayer! Melatonin wins from Win the Space…”“We’ve seen some great performances just at this Spring Meet alone,” said Wrona. “From Songbird winning the Summertime Oaks and Beholder winning both the Adoration and the Vanity, Melatonin validated his win in the Big ‘Cap with that win yesterday and he proved he belongs on the same stage with the best horses in the country.”Fittingly, Michael Wrona has proven himself a worthy successor to one of Santa Anita’s all-time greats as he sets the stage daily in his hard-earned role as The Voice of Santa Anita. Martin Garcia751261216%40%$640,734 Edwin Maldonado12822191317%42%$880,206 SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST SWINGSuperstar filly Songbird, preparing for a tour back East that will include the Grade I Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 20, worked four furlongs under regular rider Mike Smith early Sunday morning in 49.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer, who won six races Saturday, three at Santa Anita and three at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton session.“It was just a real nice work,” said the Hall of Fame trainer who has sent out more than 7,100 winners. “She went off slow and finished up good. We were all happy afterwards.”Addressing Saturday’s six victories, Hollendorfer took it in stride. “We had a real good day,” he said. “We’re very grateful.”Asked if he had ever won six races in one day, Hollendorfer said, “I don’t remember.” Mario Gutierrez63613310%35%$514,010 Bob Baffert44119625%59%$676,085 Alonso Quinonez4656611%37%$212,040 Brandon Boulanger4451411%23%$120,740 Peter Eurton3984521%44%$474,835 MELATONIN ‘LOOKS GOOD,’ COULD WAIT FOR AWESOME AGAINMelatonin, racing’s newest “overnight sensation,” was resting on his expanding laurels Sunday at Santa Anita, where the son of Kodiak Kowboy is unbeaten in four races, including two Grade I’s, the Santa Anita Handicap and yesterday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita.The growing fan base of the five-year-old gelding trained by David Hofmans for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms may have to wait three months to see their hero race again.“So far he looks good,” said Hofmans, back on the beat as usual with his assistant and nephew, Brent Fabbri. “He ate up last night which is a key thing, because horses that run as hard as he did sometimes don’t eat up.“I was very proud of him. That was his best race. He ran two seconds faster than his last race at a mile and a quarter (1:59.79 for the Gold Cup; 2:02 flat for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12). I was very pleased with his effort yesterday.“I don’t have a race in mind for him right now. I’ve got to give him time, because he’s not that big a horse. Maybe the Awesome Again here. I don’t know. We’ll see.”The Awesome Again will be run at Santa Anita on Oct. 1.Melatonin had not raced for two months before the Gold Cup, having finished second to Effinex in the Oaklawn Handicap April 16.For the 73-year-old Hofmans, who celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary Saturday with his wife, Linda Murray, widow of the late, great Los Angeles Times columnist, Jim Murray, Melatonin’s surprising success was but one in the 42-year racetrack run for the Los Angeles native.Hofmans won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Distaff with 40-1 shot Adoration; the 2008 Turf Sprint at 36-1 with Desert Code; and the $4 million Classic in 1996 with Alphabet Soup, who paid $41.70 in upsetting two-time Horse of the Year Cigar. Hofmans also saddled Touch Gold for Frank Stronach to win the 1997 Belmont Stakes, costing Silver Charm the Triple Crown.The Gold Cup was a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race, insuring a fees-paid berth to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, waiving a $150,000 entry fee. John Sadler59951215%44%$724,773 Rafael Bejarano15439292625%61%$2,151,727 Mark Glatt6210131016%53%$385,206 Tyler Baze16628312617%51%$1,370,529 Richard Baltas5199918%53%$387,870 Richard Mandella3385524%55%$674,950 Patrick Gallagher2662123%35%$221,670 Robertino Diodoro1967132%74%$280,910 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Steven Miyadi2556220%52%$168,675 Hector O. Palma2054025%45%$92,775 Simon Callaghan2653219%38%$250,320last_img read more

An Oakland A’s fan favorite joins their broadcast team

first_imgCoco Crisp, the author of the “Bernie Lean” as well as one of the biggest hits in recent A’s postseason history, is back as part of the team’s broadcast team.The popular Crisp will join Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo in the booth for 33 games this season on the A’s new flagship radio station, KTRB-860 AM. Crisp will also be utilized on their new TuneIn channel that features 24/7 A’s coverage, anchored by Chris Townsend.He’s bringing the Bernie Lean back to Oakland. Welcome back @Coco_Crisp as …last_img

Stephen Piscotty, Sean Manaea eyeing returns; Homer Bailey arrives

first_imgOAKLAND — What’s Stephen Piscotty been up to lately? Oh, just running in straight lines for the last few days.One of the final steps in recovery from a knee sprain is turning and cutting while running. Piscotty plans to try that Wednesday.If all goes well, Piscotty is aiming to start his rehab assignment in a week. Manager Bob Melvin said Piscotty could join the team in Houston next week and head out on assignment from there.“I’m trying to stay out of there, they’re rolling!” Piscotty joked. …last_img

Chiefs hold Man United to a draw

first_img21 July 2008Manchester United had to be satisfied with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs in the opening match of the Vodacom Challenge in front of a capacity crowd at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.It was a pre-season outing for both clubs and Chiefs will, no doubt, be more satisfied with the outcome than the English Premier League and European Champions League title-holders.The Amakhosi, rather than being overawed by their illustrious opposition, clearly saw the match as an opportunity to make a name for themselves, rather than a game from which they hoped to emerge with a draw. Yes, it did end in a draw, but it was not a defensive effort from Chiefs, who took the game to the Red Devils.First shotThe South African team was the first to have a crack at goal through David Mathebula, but his shot from distance was safely dealt with by United goalkeeper Tomasz Kusczak.Siphiwe Tshabalala had a half-chance only a minute later, but his slight hesitation before shooting gave United’s defenders time to block his shot.Wayne Rooney, whose hair-trigger temperament was unfortunately on display, had an opportunity after 10 minutes with a free kick, but his show flew harmlessly over the crossbar.Chris Eagles had a shot blocked by defender Tinashe Nengomashe before Tevez came close with the head. Captain Gary Neville then picked out the Argentine striker on the near post, but his header passed narrowly wide of the goals.PenaltyWith 37 minutes played, Chiefs were awarded a penalty when Neville fouled Siphiwe Tshabalala as he burst onto the ball and into the area at an angle. Jonathan Quartey took the spot kick and easily beat Kusczak by sending him the wrong way.The Amakhosi took that 1-0 lead into the break.Tevez was again wide with a header after six minutes of the second half and two minutes later the Red Devils very nearly had the game taken out of their reach.A half-cleared ball inside United’s fell to new Chiefs’ striker Jose Torrealba, but he rushed his shot and failed to connect properly. The ball hit Wes Brown and passed off of the defender to Kusczak’s right and wide of the post.EqualiserThe English champions finally drew level on the hour mark. A deep cross by Tevez found Chris Eagles at the back post and his powerful header skipped off the back of Jimmy Tau’s head and into the back of the net.Rooney was replaced when he picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Nengomashe. Earlier in the match he had lashed out at Onismor Bashera, but the referee had missed the incident. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had seen enough, however, and replaced the star striker.Despite falling behind, Chiefs were not about to try and play out for a draw and Gert Schalkwyk was just off target after Bhasera found him with a good cross.Ultimately, however, both teams had to be satisfied with a draw.Praise for KhuneAfter the match, Ferguson said Chiefs had performed well and he singled out Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for praise, saying he was especially impressed by the 21-year-old’s distribution, which often put his team onto the counter-attack.Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Muhsin Ertugral said he was pleased with the commitment shown by his players, but said he is still working on combinations. He said the performance augers well for the new season. Last season, Chiefs finished a sixth in the PSL.The side’s new captain Jimmy Tau felt his team had learnt a lot and said he was proud of the way they played.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Fans ‘blown away’ by atmosphere

first_img19 June 2009 Flying in from Canada to experience African football first-hand, Peter Severinac from Ontario, Canada was blown away by the electric atmosphere inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, when Bafana Bafana took on New Zealand in a 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match. Surrounded by thousands of celebrating South African fans, all making their way out of the stadium, Severniac could hardly contain his amazement at what he experienced during the game. “Those trumpets are great, I have never experienced anything like it,” Severinac said, referring to the air horns that distinguish football matches in South Africa from anywhere else in the world. “Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the stands with all that dancing and noise. “They treated me like a member of their family when they found out I was from outside South Africa. I will definitely be back next year for the World Cup, and will bring back as many friends as I can,” said Severinac before he was swallowed up by the moving crowd. Benito Lenon, who travelled from Madrid, Spain to watch La Furia Roja play in Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, said South Africa “seems like such a good country. “I have been here for six days now watching football, and I really love the friendly people here,” Lenon said. “I must tell you, South Africans are the most friendly and hospitable people I have met.” Although Spain were playing Iraq in Bloemfontein on the same day, Lenon chose to experience a Bafana Bafana match in Rustenburg instead, having heard from friends that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate football in South Africa. He certainly wasn’t disappointed. As tens of thousands of spectators made their way to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium before the game, the city of Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, came alive with the sound of a distinctively African Fifa Confederations Cup. The drone of vuvuzelas competed with hooting and cheering as fans made their way toward the stadium through the city, hoping for – and getting – a night of celebration as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0. Hours before the match had even started, crowds were gathering outside the stadium as music and dancers entertained the excited crowd. “I am here to support my country, and the vibe around the city is great,” said Lebogang Molefe, adding that the Confederations Cup was all about showing the world what South Africa is all about. “We are a nation that likes to sing, and we are a happy nation,” Molefe said. “I hope our visitors see this now and on television, and I hope they come back for the 2010 World Cup”. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

World Cup traffic control plan in place

first_imgJohannesburg’s roads have become evenbusier. Gauteng spokesperson Thabo Masebe at amedia briefing in Sandton. Metro police are on high alert.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thabo MasebeGauteng Provincial GovernmentSpokesperson+27 82 410 8087RELATED ARTICLES• Top safety plan for World Cup• Gautrain rolls out this week• Transport on track for World Cup• SA gets tough on traffic crimeBongani NkosiThe 2010 Fifa World Cup has almost brought Johannesburg’s traffic to a standstill, an indication of the multitude of fans of the beautiful game that are in the city.On match day in the host city, capital of Gauteng province, main roads got congested as fans flock to its two magnificent stadiums, Soccer City and Ellis Park.It was an even worse scenario on 11 June, when the tournament kicked off at Soweto’s Soccer City. The Gauteng provincial government admits that traffic management was not at its best; the chief cause was the presence of private cars in the vicinity of the stadium.“The highways were congested… people were stuck in traffic,” said Thabo Masebe, the province’s spokesperson. “Traffic is of great concern to us.”With congestion starting from central business areas such as Braamfontein, people struggled to make their way south of the city, even hours before the opening ceremony began.“What we saw last Friday would not make anyone happy. We are not happy, Fifa and the LOC are not happy,” Masebe said.“There’s no way you can have thousands of cars going to Soccer City.”Besides staging the opening match, the world-famous city will host the final. It’s already hosted a match featuring the thrilling Brazil, which saw the theatrics of Robinho leading the South Americans to a 2-1 thrashing of North Korea.The problem, Masebe noted, is that football fans want to drive to the venues, instead of using public transport. Gauteng’s plan is that fans should use the transport laid on for fans, such as public buses, trains and minibus taxis.Public transport provided for the duration of the World Cup in the province is adequate and reliable enough to carry the scores of fans, said Masebe. “We’ve provided enough public transport, and we encourage fans to use it.”Johannesburg City’s rapid transit Rea Vaya buses are one option, others are Metrorail trains or Metro buses. Pretoria, staging matches at Loftus Stadium, also provides public transport.While Rea Vaya charges a minimum fee of R6 (US$0.79) per trip to both Ellis Park and Soccer City, trains provide free shuttle for fans with match tickets. Metro buses ferry fans from Park and Ride facilities in different parts of the city, for free.“There’s no way you can miss a train going to the stadium,” Masebe said.Gauteng’s new planThe provincial government has decided that it will close off certain roads to private cars in the city centre and main routes leading to the stadium. The roads will be closed and manned by traffic officials four hours before a game kicks off.Road closures will not inconvenience motorists when there are no matches. “On other days the roads will be open,” said Masebe.The Soweto Highway and Nasrec Road, main routes leading to Soccer City, will always be closed to the public on match day.Only private vehicles carrying VIPs, Fifa officials, and players, and other accredited cars will be allowed entry into the roads.“If [traffic police] find a car where it’s not supposed to be, they will impound it and you would have to pay a fee,” said Masebe.The province’s aim is to ensure free flow of traffic in both Johannesburg and Pretoria throughout the tournament. “Nobody should even think about traffic. It must run smoothly… We want to ease the flow of traffic,” Masebe said.“It’s all going well”There have been no major incidents of crime reported in Gauteng, contrary to speculation before the World Cup started.Police maintain a high visibility in many areas, especially those around high-volume venues like stadiums and public viewing areas. The men in blue have also taken control of all security in Soccer City and Ellis Park.“We have sufficient capacity to provide security,” said Masebe. “The police have enough capacity to deal with any situation.”last_img read more

‘Seng season opens statewide

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The harvest season for ginseng opened Sept. 1 and continues through the end of December on private land, and it’s important to note that the collecting of ginseng on any public land is prohibited. Harvested ginseng must be certified by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) prior to export from the state to verify its weight and legal origin. Federal law requires that all state lots of ginseng be separated and totaled by the year. Because of this necessity, all uncertified ginseng must be weighed and accounted for each year.The export of American ginseng from the state of Ohio is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ODNR. Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial herb that is highly valued in the United States and worldwide for its alleged medicinal traits. Due to its value and significant harvest pressure, regulation on both harvest and export are necessary to ensure survival of the species.Additional information about American ginseng and harvest regulations can be found in the publication Ohio’s Green Gold available on wildohio.gov.last_img read more