Marketing Forest Products

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Some forest management practices may help prepare your woodlands to better cope with future weather extremes.
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Here's a collection of links from around the web. Many of these NTFP links include contact information for workshops or extension programs. Please add your relevant link recommendations in comments!

U. Maine Extension
- http://extension.umaine.edu/programs/natural-resources/non-timber-forest-products/
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We hope you enjoy this month’s articles about a number of Non-Timber Forest Products. Everyone defines NTFPs a little differently – some narrowly, some broadly – and each of our writers brings you her own perspective. We aren’t able to cover every product the forest produces, but please follow our links and network with your peers to teach and learn more.
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If you have several black walnut trees on your property you might consider collecting the nuts in the fall.
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Birch bark is used throughout the northern forests for crafts and materials. Learn more about its use and how to harvest birch bark in this great article from Julie Miedtke!
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This guest post by Ellen O'Donnell was first published in Forest Stewardship Quarterly. Her delightful prose broadly covers everything from fungi ecology and phenotypes to chemistry and helpful indicators.
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At the annual Idaho Forest Owners Association Field Day event in 2011, I had the pleasure of hearing Washington State University Extension Forester James Freed speak about non-timber products. In the Pacific Northwest and beyond his enthusiasm is legendary and contagious... Freed says that Americans will “pay whatever it takes to keep Fido happy.” He means that there is a market for Fido’s restful snooze, specifically, western red cedar shavings used in doggy beds. Pet supplies are a fast-growing market even in slow economic times, as we buy for our pets but not for ourselves.
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The non-timber forest products you have on your property and their potential value varies greatly across the country. What doesn’t, is that most NTFP marketing opportunities are very specific and can be hard to get into. The Oregon Woodland Coop (OWC) model is working to help landowners team up for NTFPs.
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A guest post by Lisa Lee, MS ED, Eden Again Eco-Sanctuary, Salem, OR
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A guest post by Deborah B. Hill, Extension Professor at the University of Kentucky.

Many of you probably have heard the word “permaculture.” My personal definition is "an holistic land use management system focused on sustainable food production," but that can be a bit cumbersome.
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Reminder that bugs travel in cut wood. Please do your part and buy firewood where you burn it.
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If you’re considering harvest timber, rest assured there are resources to help you understand your options.
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Forester and woodland owner Barrie Brusila of Mid-Maine Forestry in Warren, ME shares some of her lessons learned in a simple handout entitled "Timber Harvesting Do's and Don'ts."
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Hunting for persimmons on our little 30-acre wood is something that I look forward to all year.
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Guest post by Anna D of Indiana
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It makes perfect sense to heat with wood. We harvest from within a 10-mile radius of our home. We remove wood from the national forest, from fire-suppressed choked stands full of dead standing and dead downed lodgepole pine. This is forest restoration at it’s most sustainable.
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Join the 2013 class of women forest landowners for a four-day workshop full of exciting educational programs and field trips related to the care and management of forestland. Women from across the Mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are encouraged to attend. The workshop takes place from September 26-September 29.