Benefits Provided by the Forest

When "Forestry" is mentioned, many think of men chopping down trees.  But that is merely a cliche.  Modern forestry takes into account the vast array of benefits derived from the forest, and attempts to manage the forest resources to maximize some mix of the following benefits dependent upon the landowner's objectives.  We have learned that diversity in the forest ecosystem is a crucial component for its health.

While timber harvesting may be the most dramatic event in forestry, it occurs so infrequently and taking advantage of the other benefits happens daily or annually.  Here is a 11 1/2 minute video produced by the Tennessee Division of Forestry that talks about all of the benefits delivered by forests:



For information on individuals who market the following forest products (although not the wildlife), please visit our Product Directory.

IFA Members can join the discussion of non-timber forest products in the Members-Only forums.

Lastly, some of the non-timber forest products below have links to webpages with relevant documents.



Machine-Processed Wood
  • Building Lumber
  • Fine Hardwoods
  • Veneer
  • Bowl Blanks
  • Figured Wood for Woodworking
  • Toothpicks
  • Wood Mulch & Chips
  • Bark Mulch
  • Sawdust
  • Smoker Chips


Unprocessed Wood

  • Logs for Log Homes
  • Firewood
  • Shiitake Logs
  • Fence Posts and Rails
  • Biomass
  • Brushpiles
  • Pine Straw Mulch



Edibles

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Decoratives

  • Pine Cones
  • Wreaths
  • Christmas Trees
  • Corkscrew Willow
  • Bittersweet
  • Boughs
  • Sumac
  • Birch Bark
  • Ferns
  • Mosses
  • Lichens
  • Woody Ornamentals



Recreation
  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Climbing
  • Guided Tours
  • Orienteering
  • Picnicking
  • Horseback Riding



Woodland Habitat Is Necessary For

  • White-Tailed Deer
  • Wild Turkey
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Woodcock
  • Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
  • Brown Creeper
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Carolina Wren
  • Gray Catbird
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Northern Oriole
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Red Crossbill
  • Ruby Crowned Kinglet
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Summer Tanager
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Veery
  • Warblers (migrating)
  • Whip-poor-will
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Wood Thrush



Woodland Wildflowers
  • Alumroot1
  • American Bellflower1
  • American Gromwell1
  • American Pennyroyal1
  • Anemone
  • Angelica
  • Aniseroot1
  • Arrowhead
  • Aster1
  • Aunt Lucy1
  • Beard Tongue
  • Beechdrops1
  • Bellwort1
  • Bishop's Cap1
  • Bittersweet
  • Black Cohosh1
  • Bladder Campion
  • Bloodroot1
  • Bluebells
  • Blue Cohosh1
  • Blue-eyed Mary1
  • Blue Flag Iris
  • Blue Lobelia
  • Blue Star1
  • Bunchberry
  • Buttercup1
  • Butter and Eggs
  • Canada Mayflower1
  • Cancer Root1
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Carrion Flower
  • Celandine Poppy1
  • Clearweed1
  • Closed Gentian
  • Columbine1
  • Corydalis1
  • Cow Parsnip
  • Cup Plant
  • Daisy Fleabane
  • Dayflower
  • Dogtooth Violet
  • Doll's Eyes1
  • Dream's Mercury1
  • Dutchman's Breeches1
  • Dwarf Larkspur1
  • False Coffee
  • False Dargonhead
  • False Foxglove
  • False Mermaid1
  • False Nettle1
  • Figwort1
  • Fire Pink1
  • Fireweed
  • Forbe's Saxafrage1
  • Forest Phacelia1
  • Four O'Clock
  • Fringed Loosestrife
  • Ginseng1
  • Goatsbeard
  • Goldenrod1
  • Golden  Ragwort1
  • Goldenseal1
  • Great Waterleaf1
  • Green Dragon1
  • Ground Cherry
  • Ground Nut
  • Grove Sandwort1
  • Harbinger of Spring1
  • Harebell
  • Hepatica1
  • Hog Peanut
  • Honewort1
  • Horsemint
  • Horse Gentian1
  • Indian Paintbrush
  • Indian Pipe1
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit1
  • Jacob's Ladder1
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Jewelweed
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Leaf Cup1
  • Leather Flower
  • Lily (native)
  • Lopseed1
  • Maple-Leafed Viburnum1
  • Maple-Leafed Goosefoot1
  • Marsh Marigold
  • May Apple1
  • Meadow Rue1
  • Monkey Flower
  • Moonseed
  • Nightshade1
  • Northern Corn Salad1
  • One-flowered Broomrape1
  • One-flowered Cancer Root
  • Purple Rocket1
  • Rock Cress1
  • Rose Mallow
  • Rue Anemone1
  • False Rue Anemone1
  • Self-heal
  • Shooting Star
  • Showy Ladyslipper
  • Showy Orchis
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Solomon's Seal1
  • False Solomon's Seal1
  • Spring Avens1
  • Spring Beauty1
  • Spring Cress1
  • Spring Scorpion Grass1
  • Squirrel Corn
  • Star Chickweed1
  • Starry Campion1
  • Stickseed1
  • Sweet Cicely
  • Sweet William
  • Terrestrial Starwort1
  • Tick Trefoil1
  • Toothwort1
  • Trillium1
  • Turtlehead
  • Twin Leaf
  • Valerian1
  • Violets1
  • Virginia Bluebells1
  • Virginia Waterleaf
  • White Baneberry
  • White Lettuce1
  • White Snakeroot
  • White Trout Lily1
  • Wild Cucumber
  • Wild Garlic
  • Wild Geranium1
  • Wild Ginger1
  • Wild Hydrangea1
  • Wild Leek1
  • Wild Licorice1
  • Wild Petunia1
  • Wild Rose
  • Wild Sarsaparilla1
  • Wild Snakeroot1
  • Wild Stonecrop1
  • Wild Strawberry1
  • Wild Yam
  • Wood Mint1
  • Wood Nettle1
  • Woodland Phlox1
  • Woodland Sunflower
  • Wood Sorrel
  • Wood's Bunchflower1
  • Yarrow
  • Yellow Ladyslipper1
  • Yellow Pimpernel
  • Zigzag Spiderwort1
Members: Please read the Invasives Blog in the Members-Only Section about the threats to the above species.

1 Info on these species can be found HERE.



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