As our economy continues to struggle, pressure on the resources within our National Parks will
Increase. Those with the proclivity toward stepping over the line for financial gain will be tempted by the international markets for plants, animals, insects, and minerals.
As an example three men were recently convicted of stealing plants from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
With the impending budget cuts facing our National Parks, it will become more of a challenge to prevent, enforce, and prosecute criminals that degrade our natural and cultural heritage.
Below is taken from the National Park Service's Morning Report.
Blue Ridge Parkway Three Men Convicted In Separate Ginseng Poaching Cases Three people were arrested separately in September for digging ginseng along the parkway. On December 1st, Thomas Jones pled guilty to possessing 12 roots and was sentenced to five days in jail, Jason Hughes pled guilty to possessing 167 roots and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and Delmar Hughes pled guilty to possessing 103 roots and was sentenced to 50 days in jail. Hughes was arrested with 138 ginseng roots in his possession in 2009 by the same ranger involved in this case. He served 30 days in jail for that offense. [Tim Francis, Pisgah District Ranger]