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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Introduction to 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.
Being high in carbohydrates, white oak acorns were an important traditional food source.
Native Americans called tulip poplar ‘canoe wood’ because of its wide use for dugout canoes.
Native peoples used paper birch bark for construction, containers, medicine, tools, and trinkets.
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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.
New webinar series! Sven Mutke will discuss Mediterranean forest ecosystems and the goods they provide – pine nuts, mushrooms, woodland pastures, and much more.
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