According to the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the deadline for individuals who are in possession of ginseng roots to either sell them to a registered dealer or obtain a weight receipt is March 31. A weight receipt allows a person to hold the ginseng roots until the next season and sell them to a registered dealer.
Collection of ginseng in West Virginia is regulated by State law, and ginseng roots are to be dug only between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 each year. Ginseng has been harvested as a cash crop in West Virginia for at least 200 years.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Division of Forestry at 304-558-2788.