Extra Income from White Pine Tips

In recent years, a very good market has developed in North Carolina for roping and wreaths made from freshly cut branch tips from eastern white pine. The scent and appearance of fresh evergreens is popular during the Christmas season. Wreaths and roping made from white pine tips are shipped all along the east coast and as far west as Chicago and St. Louis.

Fee-Fishing Considerations

Fee fishing, paying for the right to fish and/or paying for any fish that are caught, is rapidly becoming popular among anglers. As fishing pressure on our public waters is increasing at a rapid rate, many anglers are looking for alternative places to fish. Fishing in private ponds could help fill a portion of this need and could provide a source of income to landowners. There are approximately 100 fee-fishing operations in South Carolina today.Considerations in Developing a Fee-Fishing Operation Successful fee-fishing operators market more than just fish. The value of the recreational experience received by the angler far outweighs the value of the fish. Fee-fishing experiences, as with other types of

Homemade Maple Syrup

Maple syrup and sugar are among the oldest agricultural commodities produced in the United States. The American Indian is generally credited with discovering the process of converting maple sap into maple syrup. The importance of maple products for local trade was established well before the arrival of the early Pilgrims in 1620.

Landowner Alternatives & Considerations for Developing Fee-Access Recreation

A variety of traditional and non-traditional income opportunities exist for rural landowners, many of which directly or indirectly involve wildlife. These include charging for access, developing unique services or products, altering marketing strategies for existing products or services, and harvesting and marketing natural landscape materials. Most of these income alternatives can be integrated into current farm, forest, or other existing land management operations. Alternative sources of income seem to be limited only by an individual’s imagination and creativity. However, the market potential and resource requirements vary considerably among enterprises, so having a “good idea” is no assurance of being able to develop it into a successful enterprise. This is why each available income option must be carefully evaluated prior to making a decision on their implementation.

Producing Firewood from Your Woodlot

A century ago wood supplied most of North Carolina's energy. That share dwindled to less than one percent as energy consumption increased but people switched to coal, oil, and natural gas (much of it used in production of electricity). In the 1970s, steep price increases for nonrenewable fossil fuels led to renewed interest in firewood for domestic heat.

Producing Shiitake Mushrooms: A Guide for Small-Scale Outdoor Cultivation on Logs

The two most popular mushrooms in the world are the common button mushroom (Agaricus species) and the shiitake or black forest mushroom (Lentinus edodes). Until recently, only imported, dried shiitake mushrooms could be purchased in the United States. Shiitake mushroom production began in this country about 15 years ago, and with it came a new demand for fresh mushrooms. The demand is increasing rapidly as consumers discover the delicious, meaty flavor of fresh shiitake mushrooms. With these mushrooms commanding an average wholesale price of $4 to $5 a pound, thousands of farmers and investors across the country are interested in producing them.