10: Management and Marketing of NTFP – Links & Resources

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Online Resources

  • Non-Timber Forest Products
    My Minnesota Woods
    University of Minnesota Extension

    Description: This is a University of Minnesota Extension website. Look under section headings for Agroforestry and Nontimber Forest Products for articles and educational events about growing alternative crops and harvesting wild products.

  • Center for Integrated Natural Resource and Agricultural Management
    University of Minnesota

    Description:This Center offers research supported publications and events for landowners and professionals describing how to integrate forestry and agricultural land uses on the landscape.  Content focuses on agroforestry and specialty forest products.

  • NTFP Information Exchange
    Institute for Culture and Ecology and U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Description: This website provide information and tools to help advance commercial development of nontimber forest products (NTFP) on non-industrial private lands in the United States.  For the purposes of this website NTFPs are defined as all wild, wild-simulated, and cultivated native forest vegetation other than industrial timber.

  • About the Non-Timber Forest Productions Section
    Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada.

    Description: The Centre offers an interactive program of extension and training to promote information sharing among researchers, traditional users, NTFP harvesters, resource managers, natural resource-based business owners and entrepreneurs, and policy makers. Resources are available on law and policy issues, NTFP management, more general information on NTFPs, as well as conference and workshop proceedings, past newsletters issues and further links.

  • Special Forest Products Information
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Description: It offers a report on marketing opportunities in special forest products including: decorative greenery, dried florals and ornamentals, herbs and medicinal, decorative woods, cones, and smokewoods; a harvest to market directory; economic opportunity for redcedar essential oil; and fact sheets about harvesting birch tops, cedar materials, willow stems, balsam boughs, birch bark, spruce tops and other products.

  • Non-Timber Forest Products
    Virginia Tech Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, USDA Forest Service, and Top of the Ozarks RC&D in Missouri

    Description: It offers research publications, fact sheets, bibliographies, and tutorials on medicinal and herbal products, decorative products, specialty wood products, and edible products.

  • Nontimber forest products and implications for forest managers
    Reichenbach, M., J. Krantz, and K. Preece. 2002.

    Description: It offers a collection of 12 short articles on various nontimber forest products.

  • Incorporating non-timber forest products into sustainable forest management: an overview for forest managers. 2006. Cocksedge, W. Victoria, BC: Center for Non-Timber Resources, Royal Roads University. Available online at: http://www.royalroads.ca/NR/rdonlyres/402A39F2-87F4-4A25-A172-80C19E1DBC51/0/CMguidewithcover.pdf 

    Description:A practical guide for forest managers that emphasizes NTFP within broader forest management objectives.

Print Resources

  • Goods from the woods: developing your non-timber forest products business. 1998. Brigham, T. Vancouver, BC: KWC Training.

    Description: This publication provides a sound overview of important considerations related to development of a small-scale non-timber enterprise. Because the publication is difficult to find, as is information on KWC Training, we suggest contacting the author through the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at Royal Roads University in Vancouver, BC. The Centre’s website is http://cle.royalroads.ca/

  • Careful harvest fact sheets. 2002. Demchik, M., J. Miedtke, K. Preese, and J.C. Zasada. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Utilization and Marketing: Saint Paul, MN.

    Description: A concise and practical resource for those interested in best harvesting practices for several, commercially important Minnesota NTFP.

  • Nontimber Forest Products in the United States. 2002. Jones, E. T., R. J. McLain, and J. Weigand. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

    Description: This book provides an overview of NTFP in the United States. While NTFP have been an important area for research and development internationally, they did not receive much attention from the US forestry community until the late 1990s. This book brings much of that discussion into focus.

  • Minnesota special forest products: A market study. Report for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 1994. Mater Engineering. Corvallis. OR: Mater Engineering, LTD.

    Description: Seen by many as the first serious look at non-timber, or special, forest products in Minnesota. This report is difficult to track down in print but may be available by contacting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

  • Plants used by the Great Lakes Ojibwe. 1993. Meeker, J. E., J. E. Elias, and J. A. Heim. Odanah, WI: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

    Description: This publication features short profiles of the many plants native to the region that were used by the Great Lakes Ojibwe. Not quite a field guide, this book serves as a compendium of the many plants of human interest in the region and gives some insight into how they were historically used as food and medicine.

  • Shanley, P., A. R. Pierce, S. A. Laird, and A. Guillen. 2002. Tapping the green market – certification and management of non-timber forest products, People and Plants Conservation Series. London, Sterling: VA: Earthscan.

    Description: This book provides a thorough overview of the general challenges to NTFP commercialization and certification. It is an excellent resource that draws on examples from around the globe.

  • Conceptualizing multiple non-timber forest product harvest and harvesting motivations among balsam bough pickers in northern Minnesota.
    Wilsey, D. S., and K. C. Nelson. 2008. Society and Natural Resources 21(9): 812-827.

    Description: This journal article describes research undertaken with balsam bough pickers in Minnesota, providing insights into the array of products harvested and harvester motivations. The best way to access this article is by contacting the first author (Dave Wilsey) or through a University or College library, as journal publications require payment without a subscription. 

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