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International Day of Forests 2022

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.

Becoming Visible: Nontimber Forest Products and a Sustainable Economy

IUFRO Task Force on Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products aims to support the integration of non-timber forest products into bioeconomic approaches worldwide.

What's in the Future for Nontimber Forest Products?

Comprehensive assessment by U.S. Forest Service concludes that non-timber forest products need the same recognition that is given to other natural resources; findings can be utilized far beyond the U.S. borders.

Assessment of Nontimber Forest Products in the United States Under Changing Conditions

This assessment serves as a baseline science synthesis and provides information for managing nontimber forest resources in the United States.

Nontimber Forest Products in the United States: An analysis for the 2015 National Sustainable Forest Report

This document provides an analysis of the volumes and values of nontimber forest products in the United States. It presents estimates of the annual harvest for a number of product categories over five regions for the United States.

The Forest’s Bounty

No one knows how many gallons, pounds, and tons of non-timber forest products are harvested – there are too many products, too many units of measurement, and not enough data. “If we don’t know the volume, we can’t figure out the value,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Jim Chamberlain. “Value has two pieces to it, volume and price.”

Foraging in the Future

Foraging can be as casual as searching for wild blackberries in a suburban backyard. At least a quarter of the U.S. population has foraged in this way. “Forests provide food, medicine, and other sundry items for subsistence and income,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Jim Chamberlain.