United Plant Savers (UPS) is a nonprofit organization based in Rutland, Ohio, that works to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat. UPS was founded in 1994 by Rosemary Gladstar and a group of herbalists, conservationists, and plant lovers who were concerned about the decline of native medicinal plants.
UPS’s mission is to “protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant and diverse supply of these plants for future generations.” UPS works to achieve its mission through a variety of programs and initiatives, including:
- Maintaining an “At Risk” list of native medicinal plants that are considered scarce in the wild.
- Encouraging the creation of private land “botanical sanctuaries” across the country where at risk plants can be preserved and propagated.
- Educating the public about the importance of native medicinal plants and the threats they face.
- Advocating for policies that protect native medicinal plants and their habitat.
UPS is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global organization that works to conserve the world’s biodiversity. UPS’s membership in IUCN gives it a platform to share its expertise and work with other organizations to protect native medicinal plants around the world.
UPS is a vital organization that is working to protect our natural heritage. By supporting UPS, you can help ensure that future generations will have access to the healing power of native medicinal plants.
Here are some additional information about United Plant Savers:
- UPS has over 10,000 members and supporters worldwide.
- UPS has helped to establish over 200 botanical sanctuaries across the United States and Canada.
- UPS has published several books and educational materials about native medicinal plants.
- UPS has lobbied for legislation to protect native medicinal plants and their habitat.
United Plant Savers is a leading organization in the fight to protect native medicinal plants. By supporting UPS, you can help ensure that these plants will be available for future generations to use and enjoy.