Berries, Christmas trees, firewood, fungi, grasses, greenery, mosses, roots, seeds, seedlings—all are considered nontimber forest products (NTFPs). NTFPs are fundamental to the functioning of healthy forests and contribute to the sustenance and livelihood of people around the world.

SRS scientists are providing knowledge and global leadership on NTFP management, production, and valuation. Explore this website for the latest technology transfer and research news, and for information on key NTFP species in southern forests.

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New Webinar Series: Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products

This webinar series is an opportunity to learn about the ongoing research on nontimber forest products within a bioeconomy concept.

Factsheets: NTFPs from Trees

This series of factsheets covers uses, management, markets, and threats of tree species that provide nontimber forest products.

Eastern black walnut (Juglans nigra)

The fruits and hulls of Eastern black walnut are used as food, antifungal herbal medicine, and industrial abrasives. Once black walnut begins producing nuts at around 25 years old, it may continue for a century.

Fraser fir (Abies fraseri)

Fraser firs provide Christmas trees and other decorations. In nature, the species lives in high elevation forests along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Every year, 35 million Fraser firs are grown on farms.

Noble fir (Abies procera)

Noble fir is used as a Christmas ornamental, and mainly grows in Oregon and Washington. Christmas tree and bough production usually occurs on plantations

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News and Articles

New Series of Science Updates on NTFPs From Trees

Trees provide food, medicine, and other things that people need. USDA Forest Service researcher Jim Chamberlain developed factsheets for eight species. The factsheets cover management and threats for each species. Insects and diseases are threatening several of the trees. For example, thousand cankers disease kills walnut trees, and laurel wilt disease kills sassafras.

Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products

New webinar series! Sven Mutke will discuss Mediterranean forest ecosystems and the goods they provide – pine nuts, mushrooms, woodland pastures, and much more.

Shifting to a Bioeconomy

Forests and trees have always been crucial to people’s food security, nutrition, and culinary cultural identity. With a steadily growing world population, one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century will be increasing food production while maintaining worldwide forest health and biodiversity.

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