Oshá Root for Personal Use Permits
Protecting Native Plants
BAYFIELD – Research efforts in the San Juan and Rio Grande NFs over the past three years have collected data on the impacts of root harvest on oshá, a perennial member of the parsley family found high in the southern Rocky Mountains. Roots from mature osha plants are used as an herbal remedy for upper respiratory infections.
The diverse research group included college professors and students, plus representatives from United Plant Savers organization and the American Herbal Products Association.
“We face the challenge of sustainably managing the harvest of medicinal plants so they’ll be available for traditional and cultural uses in the future,” says Forester Gretchen Fitzgerald. “Research like this will offer biological information to inform our decisions.”
Until the results of the research are published, the San Juan NF will not offer permits for commercial harvest of osha, but will offer free permits to collect small amounts of oshá root for personal use.