Wesley johnsen wrote:does anyone else know a way to hit the jackpot
Cohan Fulford wrote:If you have or can acquire the skills, there are various fine arts and crafts that can be made from and inspired by the forest without any large scale/destructive harvesting..
To add to the wild harvest idea, depending on how intact your native flora is, there are many possibilities for harvesting wild herbs and crafting into edible, medicinal and cosmetic products...
There is something that is getting more attention lately- based at least in part on a Japanese practise: forest therapy- the person in need of the therapy (aren't we all? I wont get into the promoted benefits here, you can google) simply needs to spend a modest time in the forest setting- doing nothing particular! I think one could easily set up an environment for this kind of therapy- some seating, viewpoints, easy trails, and of course some modest marketing in a hopefully nearby urban area. Farther from an urban area you might need to think of accomodations, and in any setting value added services/products could include refreshments, and any of the sort of craft/herbal/edible products mentioned above, or to take it to another level, healing/spirituality/ widlcrafting etc classes/ meetings so on....
Of course that leads us to general sorts of ecotourism, guest houses, etc....
Depending on your terrain, another sort of angle could be creating trails for offroad cycling, cross country skiiing etc..
Devon Olsen wrote:ive noticed in the forests around here that the early spring/late winter after a fire, one can find iron rich sand quite readily available at the surface where pines once grew proudly, if one were to use this iron rich sand to teach a smelting class or smelt something themsleves than they could make money from the newly smelted iron/steel and possibly some off of the metal made, i know tagahagne(i know i spelled that wrong) steel that is easily made from iron sand and charcoal go for a pretty penny to the right sword making blacksmith and some would pay decent money to learn how to smelt metal from raw material provided you can find the right niche community/market
this wouldn't work on a huge scale with the method that i use for collecting the sand (go with a bucket while hiking and mushroom hunting and when i don't find any mushrooms i fill the bucket with the iron sand by kneeling down at a location and scooping it out, i think that it washes back into the soil within a few months of springs arrival and the snow melts though so its a seasonal collection period)
interestingly, this would be the perfect time to collect a lot of charcoal without having to make it yourself from the charcoalized trees
which makes this a decent potential contribution to income for the fire recovery period