Non-timber Forest Products
Ideas for earning income from some of the other products on your land
The forests of Oregon have an abundance of commercially marketable nontimber forest products (NTFP) that forest landowners can manage for on their land to earn extra income. NTFPs broadly include all non-industrial timber vegetation in forests and agroforestry environments with, or potentially with, commercial value. Oregon has hundreds of commercial NTFPs, thousands if you include the collection and marketing of native seed for the restoration industry. Some commonly collected nontimber forest products (NTFPs) in the U.S. include wild mushrooms, berries, ferns, tree boughs, cones, moss, syrup, honey and medicinal products like cascara bark and Oregon grape.
We have provided some fact sheets and other resources to help you get more informed about NTFP income opportunities. You will learn about different types of products, steps you can take to harvest and market NTFPs, and learn about other resources to support your efforts.
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Tiffany Fegel, Oregon State University
NON-TIMBER PRODUCTS RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED:
General Nontimber Forest Product Information
- A great first step in NTFP management exploration is connecting with the Oregon Woodland Cooperative. The group is a member-owned cooperative that serves its members by developing markets for their products and services, assisting them in acquiring services and production means, and providing them information to improve their forest management.
- Steps for starting a non-timber forest products business
- Non-timber Forest Products Training Guide - This guide will provide landowners information on how to conduct a basic inventory of nontimber forest products on their land and digitally map their data.
- Nontimber Forest Product Resources for Small Forestland Owners and Businesses - This website provides information and tools to help advanced commercial development of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) on small forestlands in the US.
- Oregon Forest Industry Directory - This regional web-based directory lists buyers and sellers of forest products and has an extensive section devoted to nontimber forest products.
- Evergreen Boughs - This report provides a brief introduction to evergreen boughs as a potential source of supplemental income for small forestland owners and harvesters.
- Wild Floral Greens - This factsheet provides a brief overview of the floral products that might be found on small private forestlands, possible market outlets for products, and important considerations when embarking on a business selling floral greens.
- Nontimber Forest Products for Small Woodland Owners: Shiitake Mushrooms - This publication explains how to successfully cultivate shiitake mushrooms in your own garden or woodland property.
- Oregon Native Truffles - This primer is to introduce Oregon native truffles to small-to-medium sized forestland owners interested in income opportunities to supplement or replace timber management.
- Wild Mushrooms - A brief introduction to harvesting and marketing wild edible mushrooms for commercial use from small private forestlands in the Pacific Northwest.
- Huckleberry - This document focuses on the fruit of huckleberry as a food.
- Oregon Grape Root - This fact sheet briefly describes how to identify, harvest, process, and market Oregon grape root for the medicinal market.
- Cascara Bark - This fact sheet briefly describes how to identify, harvest, process, and market Cascara bark for the medicinal herb industry.
- Forest Medicinals - This fact sheet describes examples of species with commercial value, general harvesting considerations, and introduces potential markets for these plants.
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- Farmstay Tourism - A brief introduction to the concept of farmstay tourism for landowners in the Pacific Northwest.
- U-picks Aren't Just for Farms - A brief introduction to developing nontimber forest-based tourism operations on private forestlands.
- Nontimber Forest Products for Small Woodland Owners: Bigleaf Maple Syrup - This publication describes how to tap bigleaf maple trees for sap that can be boiled down to make maple syrup.
- Figured Wood - This fact sheet provides an overview of figured woods in the Pacific Northwest as a supplemental income opportunity for small forestland owners.
- Native Seed - An introduction to income opportunities from native seed gathered from small private forestlands in the Pacific Northwest.
- Forest Transplants - This fact sheet describes species with commerical value, transplanting techniques, and markets for these plants.