United States

Non Timber Forest Product Resources



The purpose of this website is to provide information and tools to help advance sustainable commercial development of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) on forestlands in the United States, especially small forestry, agroforestry, and ecoagricultural systems. There are many definitions for nontimber forest products. The scope of this website includes all wild, wild-simulated, and cultivated botanical organisms other than lumber and most lumber industry by-products (e.g., industrial turpentine, plywood, sawdust, strand board). The definition is general for the purposes of focusing attention on non-lumber products (i.e, it is a political economic classification, not biological/ecological). Read the FAQ and glossary below and explore this site for examples of nontimber forest product species and products.


This website was started in 1998 and has had many financial contributors, developers, web masters and programmers including the Institute for Culture and Ecology, USDA National Institute of Food Agriculture, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, the Turner Foundation, National Fund for Environmental Cooperation, Anthrotech, ArrowWood Associates, PilzWald, Gossamer Threads, Mosslight, Organic Computing and many other people and organizations.


Most of the information and resources found on this website are free, uncopyrighted, in the public domain, or we have been granted permission to share them publicly. Images including people should not be used for commercial purposes unless persons in the image have given you written permission to do so by. All other materials may be used for commercial or non-commercial purposes without permission. For additional information on copyright please read this legal statement.


For information or contributions related to this website contact the editor, Eric T. Jones: ntfpinfo@gmail.com

For expert advice and training on specific nontimber forest products: Ask Extension