For Immediate Release: November 13, 2012
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – A Glenville State College employee has published his second book on the study of medicinal plants, trees, and shrubs in Appalachia. Bill Church wrote Medicinal Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of Appalachia. It is a follow-up to his 2006 publication A Field Guide: Medicinal Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of Appalachia. This new edition covers one-hundred and five different medicinal plants with color photos and descriptions. Each description includes measurements, properties, harvesting information, and usage.
“I originally wrote this book to help me identify plants in the field, woods, and along streams for medicine. My hope is that whoever purchases this book will learn that all weeds are not weeds and that some medicine can come from your own back yard,” said Church.
Church has studied herbal medicine since 1999 and is a certified West Virginia Master Naturalist and a Certified Herbalist. He has also trained with world renowned tracker Tom Brown in tracking and wilderness survival. He is the Co-Coordinator for the Gilmer County Master Naturalist Association and has taught classes on herbal medicine. Church received a Computer Science degree from Glenville State College in 1989 and has worked at his alma mater since then in the Information Technology Department as a Local Area Network Specialist. He is a native of Craigsville, West Virginia (Nicholas County) and now resides in Normantown, West Virginia (Gilmer County).