Three Men Charged With Illegal Harvest Of Ginseng

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says three central Iowa men have been charged with allegedly harvesting ginseng roots on state managed lands over the Labor Day weekend. Fifty-three-year-old Bart Bollie of Madrid, 55-year-old Kyle Jones and 28-year-old Brent Jones, both of Slater, have been charged with fifth-degree theft, unlawful possession of wild ginseng root from state-managed lands and unlawful possession of young wild ginseng. The DNR is seeking restitution in the amount of 150 percent of the value of the ginseng, estimated to be approximately $292.50 per person. State Conservation Officer, Matt Bruner, was patrolling a remote area of public land in norther Dallas and southern Boone Counties along the Des Moines River Valley on Monday, Sept. 5, when he made contact with the three men who did not possess harvesting permits. Four hundred and six illegally harvested ginseng roots, including 41 roots that did not meet legal harvest age were seized. Ginseng may be harvested from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 from private land with permission from the landowner and a valid harvester permit, which are available for $37 anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.