Many beloved products come from trees, but are they harvested sustainably?
Currently, 60-90% of medicinal and aromatic plants in trade are wild collected, sustainably or unsustainably. Many of these products come from trees (juniper ‘berries,’ frankincense, shea, etc.), and this collection process forms an industry worth billions of dollars. There is little information compiled about Wild Harvested Tree Species (WHTS) and what role botanical gardens could play in conservation efforts. We are working to understand the state of WHTS and the industries associated with the harvest, with the goal of facilitating strategic conservation actions in the future.