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Sustainable production of temperate and boreal nontimber forest products: examples from North America

Code: 9781786765093
James L. Chamberlain, USDA Forest Service, USA; Christine J. Small, Radford University, USA; and Michelle Baumflek, USDA Forest Service, USA

Chapter synopsis: Understory plants and fungi are critical to healthy and resilient forest ecosystems, and many of the products they provide are essential to people for sustenance and income. However, nontimber forest products, and the plants and fungi from which they originate, are seldom included in forest management. Most are harvested from natural populations, with potential for negative impacts at multiple ecological scales. This chapter introduces sustainable use of nontimber forest resources and describes methods for assessing product inventory and recovery. The chapter explains how traditional and local ecological knowledge is important in understanding how people steward the resources and production of nontimber products, with implications for sustainable management. The chapter provides detailed case studies of three North American edible and medicinal forest species. Finally, the chapter considers research priorities and future trends in this area, and provides guidance on further reading on this subject.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2019.0057.24
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Biological components used 3 Traditional and local ecological knowledge 4 Production of NTFPs 5 Needs for sustainable harvest and management 6 Case studies 7 Conclusion 8 Future trends 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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