Natural Resources - Non-Timber Forest Products
University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s natural resources experts conduct field research and provide information and consultation for people who harvest and use non-timber forest products.
What are Non-Timber Forest Products?
- brown/black ash
- spruce roots
- Herbs and medicinals
- compounds from pine needles and birch bark
- Maine Woods Icons
- balsam fir pillows
- weather sticks
- balsam fir and pine boughs
- birch bark
- spruce gum
- balsam fir
Potential for the State of Maine
- enhancing small business development in rural forested areas
- helping farmers and other woodlot owners supplement incomes between timber harvests
- assisting farmers and other woodlot owners to pay their taxes and keep family forests
Non-timber forest products are an important part of Maine’s heritage and culture and have a current estimated value of $55 million/year.
Ongoing research for non-timber forest products is vital to determine sustainable harvest levels and practices to ensure they maintain their cultural and economic importance for generations to come.
- 4-year research project by UMaine Extension in Franklin County to study the effect of harvesting fiddleheads from Ostrich Ferns — in manuscript
- Effects of Cook Method and Time on the Safety and Quality of Maine Fiddleheads — ongoing