Man charged with digging Ginseng on state-managed property

DES MOINES — A Miles man has been charged with digging up Ginseng on state-managed property in Jackson County.

According to a press release, Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers Sept. 2 located Jerry Woodhurst, 56, near a bag of freshly dug Ginseng.

According to the DNR, an officer confronted Woodhurst, who initially denied having any involvement. Woodhurst later admitted to digging up the 108 Ginseng roots and failing to leave the entire plant intact, as required by law. Officers located the area where Woodhurst had been digging and found 47 plant tops on the ground, authorities said.

Woodhurst has since been charged with five counts of digging Ginseng within a state-managed area, and five counts of not leaving the tops of the Ginseng plants intact, totaling a fine of $1,950.

The Iowa DNR was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.