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Historical overview of nontimber forest product uses in the Northeastern United States

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2002

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In: Jones, Eric T.; McLain, Rebecca J.; and Weigand, James, eds. Nontimber Forest Products in the United States. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas: 3-25

Abstract

Nontimber forest product (NTFP) uses in the United States are neither new nor merely quaint relics of some distant cultural and economic past. As the other chapters in this book make clear, there is a plethora of NTFPs in use at the beginning of the twenty-first century. They contribute to the livelihoods of individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds in a variety of ways, and the social and ecological contexts within which these uses occur have profound implications for their future. However, today's uses and issues also have a past. Human reliance on nonagricultural plants has a deep and evolving history throughout North America. The story of these uses is fundamentally about relationships-between people and plants and the social structures and interactions within which those uses are embedded. It also is about movement, through both time and space. Examining those relationships and movements in the past provides insights into present-day NTFP issues and suggests questions that must be addressed as we think about their future.

Citation

Emery, Marla R. 2002. Historical overview of nontimber forest product uses in the Northeastern United States. In: Jones, Eric T.; McLain, Rebecca J.; and Weigand, James, eds. Nontimber Forest Products in the United States. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas: 3-25

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