— The Canadian NTFP Business Companion —
Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are the foods, medicines,
arts & crafts, landscape plants, natural chemicals, environmental goods, and specialty biofuels
that can be derived from forest plants. Unlike the conventional mainstays of the forest
industry – namely timber and pulp – NTFPs can come from any part of a tree or forest
plant. They offer excellent commercial opportunities
for small enterprises. The Canadian NTFP Business Companion
provides business ideas, resources, and advice about entering this exciting field.
Non-Timber Means Business!
Some NTFPs are already commercially well-established and familiar to Canadians – for example, maple syrup,
wild berries, and Christmas trees. But these are only a few of the myriad possibilities.
Canada's immense forests contain over 1,700 species of plants –
in woodlands and clearings and on recovering logged or burned forest sites. These trees,
shrubs, groundcovers, mushrooms, wildflowers, and wetland plants are potential sources for thousands of
The non-timber forest sector is still an emerging
one in Canada. Services related to NTFPs are an emerging area too — they include
mobile processing services, materials extraction, quality testing, specialty cultivation, research, co-packing,
ecotourism, education, and marketing.
The non-timber industry is a versatile one, having the potential to be a
highly creative and sustainable foundation for Canada's
future forest economy. NTFP businesses can be well-integrated into local communities, affording
opportunities for networks of small businesses supplying materials and services to one another.
Ideas, Techniques and Resources for Small Businesses
in Non-Timber Forest Products & Services
This publication is the first of its kind for Canada, both in its breadth and
its practical relevance to the entrepreneur. Although the focus here is on Canada (notably the portions on legislation
and suppliers), the technical and practical information is broadly applicable
to most temperate and boreal regions outside Canada which share many common or similar plant
species. This includes the northern US border states and
Alaska, and areas outside North America.
Interest in non-timber business prospects is high among woodlot
owners, hobby farmers, forest communities, commercial artisans, and even urban
entrepreneurs. Others have an interest in seeing the sector
developed — community economic developers, educators, financiers, researchers, and traditional forest
companies enhancing community partnerships. All can benefit from this NTFP business guide.
Opportunities exist across Canada to develop and market distinctive botanical products from forest plants.
The Companion can be read by
any personal computer with a current PDF reader
(such as Adobe® Reader, available as a free
download from www.adobe.com). You
can print off any of its pages or chapters in hard copy.
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"The Canadian NTFP Business Companion: Ideas, Techniques and Resources
for Small Businesses in Non-Timber Forest Products & Services"
– by Gina Mohammed, PhD.
Candlenut Books, 2011. 867 Pages.
ISBN: 978-0-9731097-2-6 (CD-ROM)
ISBN: 978-0-9731097-3-3 (USB Flash Drive)
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The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise
awareness of sustainable management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests.
The Canadian NTFP Business Companion is part of our on-going contribution to this endeavour.
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