Non-timber Forest Products

Want to interact with your woodland in ways other than timber harvests? Or maybe in between timber harvests?

Consider nontimber forest products!

The forests of Oregon have an abundance of nontimber forest products (NTFP) that forest landowners can find, manage, produce, and potentially generate additional income from. NTFPs broadly include all non-industrial vegetation in forests and agroforestry environments with, or potentially with, commercial value. Oregon has hundreds of NTFPs, including truffles, the Oregon grape, huckleberries, essential oil production, wood turning and more!

We have provided some fact sheets and other resources to help you get more informed about NTFP 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.

 

For more information, please conact:
Tiffany Hopkins, Oregon State University

 


 

Non-Timber Forest Product 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.
  • 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.

 

Forest Based Food Products

 

Woody Decorative plants

  • Evergreen Boughs - This report provides a brief introduction to evergreen boughs as a potential source of supplemental income for small forestland owners.
  • Wild Floral Greens - This factsheet provides a brief overview of the floral products that might be found on small private forestlands.

 

Medicinals and Botanicals

  • Check out this video on how to create your very own greenery arrangement!
  • Oregon Grape Root - This fact sheet briefly describes how to identify, harvest, process, and market Oregon grape root for medicinal purposes.
  • Cascara Bark - This fact sheet briefly describes how to identify, harvest, process, and market Cascara bark for medicinal purposes.
  • Forest Medicinals - This fact sheet describes general harvesting considerations for medicinal species with commercial value and introduces potential markets for these plants.
  • Interested in making your own simple essential oil utilizing pine needles? Try this simple method!
  •  Want to support other small woodland owners who create essential oils using materials gatherd from their property? Check out these products! Interested in joining them in this endevour? Contact the Oregon Woodland Cooperative.

 

Handicrafts and specialty wood products

  • Figured Wood - This fact sheet provides an overview of figured woods in the Pacific Northwest as a supplemental income opportunity for small forestland owners.
  • This video will teach you how to make your own Smudge Stick!
  • Want to see some examples of what other small woodland owners were able to do with wood products from their land? Check out the Oregon Heartwood website for inspiration!
  • For a fun project utilizing different leafs from your woods take a look at this video!

 

Resources for those interested in income generation through NTFP production

 
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