What are Non-Timber Forest Products?

NFDC What are Non-Timber Forest Products?

What do we mean by ‘non-timber forest products’ (NTFP’s for short)?  A widely accepted definition is:  ‘all goods derived from forests of both plant and animal origin other than timber and firewood’.

In different parts of Canada – not to mention the world – the list of these products varies considerably.  Generally though, a list of NTFP’s would include:  mushrooms, berries, floral greens, medicinal herbs, crafts, and landscaping products among others.  In some parts of the world, wild animals are important NTFP’s.  Many NTFP’s have a long history of Aboriginal and, to a lesser degree, non-Aboriginal use.