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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 43 Issue 5, May 1979
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Ginseng, harvested in North Carolina since Colonial days, is a profitable product for residents of the state's western mountains. The plant is not valued for its leaves or crimson berries, but for its tuberous root. In the Far East it is valued as a medicinal herb, and almost all ginseng harvested is shipped to Hong Kong. Elliott discusses the history of the plant in North Carolina, the state's ginseng program, and several state laws that govern its collection and sale.
Between November 1, 1944 and February 1, 1979, Ollie Thompson worked for thirty-five years as a game warden, wildlife protector and enforcement officer. His retirement marks the end of an era for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, as Thompson is the last officer who was on the job working as a game warden for the State Department of Conservation when the Commission was formed in 1947.
Raptors are birds of prey and include eagles, owls, and hawks. These predators sit at the top of the ornithological food chain. Many of them are injured in the wild, either by accident or by being shot or trapped. The latter activities are in violation of the Federal Migratory Bird Act. The authors describe how these injured birds are rehabilitated.