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Offline Joe Hillmann

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Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« on: April 04, 2015, 12:50:47 pm »
What products can you harvest from the woods/forest (and maybe sell) that aren't logs?  Here is a list of ones that I know of but would like others suggestions.

Firewood.
Maple syrup.
Mushrooms.
Ginseng.
Balsam boughs.(for Christmas wreaths)
Christmas trees.
Vines (for wreaths)
Pine straw (I think this is more popular in the south with SYP)
Seeds(every so often the DNR buys seeds for reforestation efforts)
Pine cones(for decoration)
Wild Berries & Fruit

What else can you harvest from the woods and maybe make a few bucks on?

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2015, 12:56:28 pm »
The important part of this "harvest and sell" is the "sell" part and return on your investment. 

Just because it is out there in the forest, doesn't mean one can spend the time and get someone to buy what is collected.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2015, 01:54:54 pm »
There is a market for ferns - in season - out here.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2015, 02:22:28 pm »
There is a market for ferns - in season - out here.

Selling to greenhouses?

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2015, 02:45:32 pm »
The important part of this "harvest and sell" is the "sell" part and return on your investment. 

Just because it is out there in the forest, doesn't mean one can spend the time and get someone to buy what is collected.

That is true.  But how much return you need to get on your investment depends on how you view it.  If you see it as an 8 hour a day 5 days a week job that has to pay all your bills you may have a hard time with it.  If you view it as recreation that gives you a reason to get out in nature and any return above cost is helpful.

That is how most people around here view maple syrup.  A pint is worth about $7 but is probably 1/2 an hours worth of collecting, an hours or more worth of boiling, 10 minutes for jaring and at least 1/2 hour of cutting firewood.  So for over 2 hours work you end up with $7.  But still many people in this area do it and make quite a bit of money off it.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2015, 05:03:22 pm »
I've seen some arbors made from real small trees.
Some of the Sothern guys rent thier land out too hunters.
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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2015, 06:53:31 pm »
Wild honey and bees. Dad robbed bee trees and hived bees though I don't recall that he ever sold any bees or honey. Wild bees were more aggressive and now the Africanized bee has about ended any gathering ...
He let me climb and saw the limb where a swarm had settled then lower the swarm onto an old army poncho. He'd cover them with another poncho find the queen and hive the swarm. He never seemed bothered by bee stings. I never developed a fondness for the little buggers... 
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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2015, 08:09:45 pm »
There is a market for ferns - in season - out here.

Selling to greenhouses?
Mostly selling to florists for use in floral arrangements.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2015, 08:25:11 pm »
When I managed a large Industrial tree farm, we got income from many of the sources already mentioned, plus grazing fees from ranchers, rent from communication sites (cell phone towers, microwave relay sites, radio towers,etc.), mineral exploration rights (they never found enough coal, oil or gas to lease for extraction), camping fees to use improved camp grounds, and road use fees to use some of our roads. Some large land owners where I now live have recently started charging access fees to enter their land.  I believe Hancock is charging several hundred dollars per vehicle per year for access (for hunting,fishing,hiking,etc.) to some of their tree farms.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2015, 09:43:58 pm »
We run out cattle in our wooded acres.  Thin it to about a 60' X 60' or so grid, frost seed clover, alfalfa, and grasses into the disturbed soil around February, brush hog it for a year or two to knock the weeds and regeneration back so the forage can get a good foothold and then it produces annual income for us in addition to growing more timber. 
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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2015, 09:57:26 pm »
Balsam fir sap used to be collected for use in preparing microscope slides, I think synthetics are used mostly now.

I don't know if it grows down your way but there is big demand for ground hemlock, specifically for the chemical taxol which is used in chemotherapy drugs. There's issues with over harvesting and theft though.

Fresh air and quiet might be the most valuable product. People spend millions a year to use those.  :)

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2015, 10:12:08 pm »
Ground hemlock,I have not heard that word since my Father passed away. We frought that stuff here in where the low bush blueberries use to be. I finally got rid of it,the blueberries too. Hard to have both. I mow the field quite often,but try to pull up the small ones. Mow it off,it just keeps a coming.
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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2015, 10:44:29 pm »
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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2015, 11:01:53 pm »
A long time ago, the USFS published:

Margaret G. Thomas and David R. Schumann. 1993. Income Opportunities in Special Forest Products--Self-Help Suggestions for Rural Entrepreneurs. Agriculture Information Bulletin AIB–666, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

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While most of the contact information is dated, it does suggest some non-timber products, along with techniques for harvesting and processing.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2015, 06:42:49 am »
White Birch bark.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2015, 11:21:03 am »
There are many mushrooms that can be sold to local restaurants in this area.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2015, 09:34:16 pm »
there is so much stuff that you can get from your land, from just the birch trees there are countless things you can do, black,white and yellow, from chaga, to candles , tea, extract,syrup, bark, and many more, rock very expensive to buy. shrubs and the list can go on and on. time doing it is another thing and finding people to buy it, hard to make a good living,but can put extra money in the pocket,and lots of joy doing it !!
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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2015, 01:44:44 pm »
I'm still looking into a place in Arkansas that buys certain size saplings to make walking sticks. A few people pulled in my driveway wanting to cut sumac and pick up walnuts, too many sue-happy people out there to let them do that.  :-\

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2015, 09:59:44 am »
There was some folks gathering pine straw a few years ago.

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Re: Harvest from the woods other than from logs.
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2015, 07:15:43 pm »
Of course not in all forests but there are many places to prospect for gold. Like has already been said, a lot of these are just good hobbies that give you a good reason to get out, of course just the scenery and solitude is reason enough for me.