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Description: Non-timber forest products in the United States: access, production, markets, and market values
Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are derived from natural populations of plants or fungi, or farmed in forests. Although numerous and varied users harvest, trade, and consume NTFPs, relatively little is known about the organization of the markets for these products and the market value or contribution to local and regional economies. We will explore past research and gaps in current understanding related to the access, production, markets, and market values of NTFPs in the United States, including the continuum of production from wild-harvesting to forest farming of NTFPs.

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April 14, 2020   1:00 pm US/Eastern

Length: 01:00 (hh:mm)

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Dr. Jim Chamberlain. Jim Chamberlain is a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service, is a global expert on non-timber forest products management, production and valuation. Jim received his Ph.D. from the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech in 2000, with a focus on managing forests for non-timber forest products. He leads and participates in research to quantify and articulate the ecological and economic impacts of harvesting non-timber forest products, particularly edible and medicinal forest products. He has published extensively on the subject, having recently produced a comprehensive national assessment of these products, relative to climate change. Jim is currently leading an international Task Force of more than 65 experts from 25 countries defining and examining the role of non-timber forest products in a bioeconomy.

Dr. Gregory Frey. Greg Frey is a Research Forester at the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. His work involves using economic methods to evaluate the impacts of forest policy, regulation, and taxes. He also explores themes related to income streams and incentives for keeping forests as forests. Greg received his PhD at NC State University, and has previously worked for the US Peace Corps-Paraguay, the World Bank, and Virginia State University-Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Society of American Foresters - Certified Forester Education (SAF-CFE) - 1 hour Category 1 Credit Applied For.
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