AN ACT TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF HARVESTING OF WILD GINSENG AND OTHER NATIVE PLANTS ON NATURAL POPULATIONS AND IDENTIFY THREATS POSED BY UNREGULATED OVERHARVESTING.
Directs the Natural Heritage Program to study present and historical extent and density of wild populations of native ginseng and population trends over time to determine the extent to which overharvesting of ginseng is threatening the future of the resource. Requires the Natural Heritage Program to report its results and any legislative recommendations to the specified NCGA committee and division by December 1, 2021. Allows the Natural Heritage Program to identify other native plants threatened by overharvesting or poaching and necessary protections for the species as part of its report. Appropriates $50,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to be allocated to the Natural Heritage Program to conduct the study. Effective July 1, 2019.
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