Northwest Illinois Forestry AssociationWoodland owners sharing ideas on forest productivity

Webinar: Forest Botanicals For Profit

  • 12 Dec 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Internet
Eric Burkhart, faculty instructor at Pennsylvania State University, will share insights from his  studies and involvement with native plant species on eastern US forestlands that are wild harvested for the domestic and international plant trade. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability within this industry will be discussed.
There are many native plant species on
eastern US forestlands that are wild
h a r v e s t e d f o r t h e d o m e s t i c a n d
international medicinal plant trade. In this
talk, Dr. Eric Burkhart, Program Director with
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center (Penn
State University), will share insights from his
studies and involvement with this complex
and little understood trade, and highlight
the opportunities and challenges facing
forest farmers interested in production of
forest botanicals for market. Quality-control,
profitability, and sustainability within this
industry will be discussed along with recent
developments in marketing via consumer
awareness.
There are many native plant species on
eastern US forestlands that are wild
h a r v e s t e d f o r t h e d o m e s t i c a n d
international medicinal plant trade. In this
talk, Dr. Eric Burkhart, Program Director with
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center (Penn
State University), will share insights from his
studies and involvement with this complex
and little understood trade, and highlight
the opportunities and challenges facing
forest farmers interested in production of
forest botanicals for market. Quality-control,
profitability, and sustainability within this
industry will be discussed along with recent
developments in marketing via consumer
awareness.

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Specialty forest mushroom include such delicacies
as shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane and wine cap which can
be cultivated on wood substrates, as non timber forest
products for forest farming. Unfortunately other
choice wild edible mushrooms like chanterelles,
morels, or boletes are not included because they
cannot be deliberately cultivated. Shiitake is by far the
most developed of the specialty forest mushrooms
from the standpoint of both cultivation and marketing.
There are four stages that the prospective grower
must consider for forest cultivation of shiitake.
Acquisition of substrate logs is the first one. What
kinds of trees and when to cut them are the main
considerations? Shortly after that comes inoculation of
logs with the appropriate shiitake strain. The next
stage requires some patience. The logs must be
managed in a shady laying yard for up to a year to
allow the fungus time to adequately colonize the log
before it is ready to convert wood into mushrooms.
After this so called “spawn run”, the focus shifts to
fruiting, harvesting and marketing of the mushrooms.
Well managed logs can be productive for 3 or more
years.

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