DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three Iowa men face charges after state conservation officers say they unlawfully harvested ginseng root from state property.
Court records show Kyle Jones and Brent Jones, both of Slater, and Bart Bollie of Madrid, were charged Tuesday with fifth-degree theft, unlawful possession of wild ginseng root from state land and unlawful possession of young wild ginseng.
They had valid permits to harvest from private property but it’s illegal to take the root from state land. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says they harvested from state-managed land along the Des Moines River.
The men are scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Court records don’t list their attorneys.
Ginseng is endangered in some states.
Iowa DNR manages the state’s ginseng harvest with oversight by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.