Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) — Additional Potential Revenue Sources for Forest Landowners

What are NFTPs?

Florida’s forests produce a large variety of specialty non-timber forest products (NTFPs), which can provide forest landowners with additional revenue beyond timber products. The Florida Forest Service defines NTFPs as products that originate from trees or plant parts but are not derived from lumber.

Generally, NTFPs can be divided into the following categories:

  • Medicinal Native Plants
    • Saw Palmetto Berries
    • St. John’s Wort
  • Other Edible Products
    • Fruits
    • Nuts
    • Mushrooms
    • Honey
  • Ornamental Products
    • Spanish Moss
    • Pine Tips for Garlands
    • Pine Cones
    • Grapevines
    • Burl and Crooked Wood for Fine Crafts
  • Landscape Products
    • Pine Straw Mulches
    • Pine Bark Mulches
    • Palm Trees

Market Outlook

Pine Straw

Some segments of the NTFPs market have grown rapidly in recent years and are major contributors to the Florida economy. The pine straw industry is a prime example of this, generating millions of dollars a year in additional revenue to forest landowners in Florida.

Saw Palmetto Berries

Saw palmetto berries collected from forests in Florida and Georgia are the most abundantly harvested medicinal NTFPs in terms of dry weight. Saw palmetto berries are the fruit of a commonly occurring understory plant in Florida flatwoods. They are the source of certain medicinal compounds used in Native American, herbal and alternative medical treatments for prostate and other urologic conditions.

Edible and Ornamental Products 

Other industries, such as collection and sale of edible and ornamental products, are variable in size but may have potential to grow. However, information on current operations collecting and supplying these products in Florida is very sparse to non-existent, depending on the product.

Vendors and Buyers of NFTPs 

The first link below opens a partial list of vendors and/or buyers of NTFPs in the state of Florida. The list does not cover all categories of potential products, nor does it cover all producers because it was created on a voluntary basis. The second link opens a map showing the locations of the same NTFP vendors in Florida.  Being listed and/or shown on the map below does not imply that a vendor is endorsed, approved or otherwise sanctioned by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the Florida Forest Service.

Vendors of Non-Timber Forest Products [ Microsoft Excel Document 13.00 KB ]

Florida Non-Timber Forest Product Vendors Map [ Adobe PDF Document 5.25 MB ]

Other Resources

Non-Timber Forest Products Photo Gallery