Share 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.