plant walk 1Rural Action and United Plant Savers will be hosting a “Birds and Herbs” spring outing on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. until Noon. The event will be held in Meigs County at United Plant Savers 300 acre Goldenseal Sanctuary near Rutland Ohio. This property features some of the best herb and wildflower populations found in Southeast Ohio. The forests, fields, and waterways on the property also host an abundant variety of both resident and migratory songbirds, especially the colorful and musical warblers that migrate to North America from the tropics.

We will start the morning with a guided bird hike, led by Tanner Filyaw and Joe Brehm, and will conclude with an informative herb and wildflower tour, led by Chip Carroll. The cost to attend is $15 per person. Space is limited so register soon to reserve your place. If you are a bird or plant enthusiast you will not want to miss out. plant walk 2Register for the event online at

Attendees are asked to dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots, and to bring water and light snacks. A few extra pairs of binoculars will be available for attendees who do not have their own. Extreme weather, and heavy rain will cancel the event.

Rural Action is a membership based non-profit organization working to develop sustainable, asset-based economic development. Rural Action’s mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachia Ohio. plant walk 3United Plant Savers mission is to promote the conservation and stewardship of North American native medicinal plants.



Tanner R. Filyaw
Non-Timber Forest Products Program Manager
[email protected]
(740) 677-4047

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The weather was literally 20 degrees warmer with full sun the day before our big event at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. We were still in set up mode the evening before as the grumpy cumulus clouds moved in and hoarded the sky vowing cold, hard rain. But all hope was not lost on the incumbent weather, for when the temperature and rain both began to plummet, interspersing promises of sunshine were also breaking through, highlighting the autumnal mosaic like flecks of gold in stone and lifting our sense of hope with arching rainbows across the hollow.

The morning of the event brought our first hail of the season, but that was no match for the steadfast queue of visitors lining up at the registration table. One can only apologize for the weather so much, until it becomes clear that weather has never really stopped those who want to learn from the fields and forests (albeit it can be quite the deterrent). 

United Plant Savers’ Goldenseal Sanctuary announces plans to raise funds to renovate an old barn into the “Jim and Peggy Duke Welcome Center”.

Jim & Peggy Duke Welcome Center

How can you get involved & help?

Firstly, we are asking for contributions to our ‘brickby- brick program’. For a $1,000 donation your name or organization will be featured as a donor to our ‘Welcome Center Fund’.

Welcome Center Flyer (PDF)


Read more: Jim and Peggy Duke Welcome Center

Goldenseal Sanctuary has been Featured in a Movie!

The Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm, is an Appalachian love affair between a man, his farm, and his desire to make the world a better place.

Paul has rehabilitated land left bare by strip mines and has helped to create the United Plant Savers Sanctuary to preserve endangered medicinal plants. He is visited by herbalists from all over the world and holds classes on his 300-acre organic farm. His vision has attracted others, creating a group of farm tracts that join in an eco-tourist and community walking trail called "The Talking Forest Medicine Trail.

This feature length documentary speaks to a man’s passion for nature and his marriage to the earth.

Check out for more details.

The Conway School of Landscape Design was hired for a master plan project for the Goldenseal Sanctuary in Ohio. The Conway School is a unique masters program that has a strong focus on native plants and ecological design, Two dedicated students, Christina Gibson and Evelyn Lane, spent a week at the sanctuary this past spring. They worked on several maps, one being a base map of the entrance area encompassing the yurt. The main goal of the project was to design a clearer welcome entrance, educational facilities, propagation areas and invasive plant management of open fields. Now completed, the project plans are online, and will hopefully serve as an inspiration for sanctuaries across the country. Download the 2012 Conway Report (PDF 3.2 mb)

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