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As one of your guests commented - forest management is multi-functional. A caller asked about value-added products. What is ODF doing to reap the true value of special forest products? Can an economic model be developed to replace higher harvest levels with these products?
In the PNW, these products have tremendous monetary value and help stabilize local enconomies and families. As quoted in their book, Nontimber Forest Products in the United States, Jones, McLain, and Weigand cite a study in which it was estimated the value of just one market, floral and Christmas greens, to be $128.5 million in 1989!
Virtually all of the money generated from special forest products is within the informal economy realm . By formulating a model that brings this value into the formal economy, and without alienating those who now benefit the most, harvesters, we can at least alleviate some of the burden placed on tree harvest to fund our counties.
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