Non-Timber Forest Products

The Appalachian region is a valuable source of non-timber products that may offer alternative income opportunities for land owners. This page provides landowners with information about economically important species that can be cultivated in the forest understory.

Non-Timber Forest Products Cultivation Guides

Forest Finance: Ginseng

Goldenseal Production Guide

Pawpaw Production

Ginseng Identification

Forest Finance: Goldenseal


Ginseng in Ohio

Growing American Ginseng in Ohio

Black Cohosh

Shittake Mushrooms

Ginseng in VA

False Unicorn

NTFP Quick Guide

NTFP Economics & Policy Guides

Economics of Forest Botanicals

Ginseng Certification Policy


Ginseng Culture: An informative documentary about the history, use, cultivation, and marketing of ginseng produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


The King Of Stink: Appalachian Ramp Festivals.This is a documentary produced and filmed by Steve Provence that highlights the history and culture of ramp harvesting and ramp festivals in the Appalachian region.


Additional Links & Resources

If you have any information you’d like to share with us call (740) 677-4047 ext. 24 or e-mail

Ask An Expert

Rural Action’s Forestry Program recently became involved with the eXtension Forest Farming Community of Practice, a group of resource professionals and practitioners of Forest Farming across the United States. The Ask An Expert widget was developed by the eXtension community to help field questions from the public and direct them to a resource professional in your area. If you have a question about Forest Farming feel free to use the Ask An Expert widget below, or you can always contact us directly at 740-677-4047 ext. 24