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 →

New Book: The bioeconomy and non-timber forest products

Edited by Carsten Smith-Hall and James Chamberlain, SRS Research Forest Products Technologist

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Factsheets: NTFPs from Trees

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

White oak (Quercus alba)

Being high in carbohydrates, white oak acorns were an important traditional food source.


Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Native Americans called tulip poplar ‘canoe wood’ because of its wide use for dugout canoes.


Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)

Native peoples used paper birch bark for construction, containers, medicine, tools, and trinkets.


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News and Articles

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.


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