How to make money with things found in the forest
There are numerous ways to make money with things that you can find in the woods or even in the fields. Most people think of felling wood or chopping firewood, but I’m going to list a few different options that involve less physically demanding work, less equipment, and less environmental impact. Most of them will not affect the ecosystem if they are done in a moderate way. Here are eight ideas to get you started.
Morels, also known as dryland fish, can be found in forests during spring in most of the eastern half of the United States and in some parts of the Northwest. Morels can sell for $20 or more per pound.
Pineapples come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be turned into crafts that can then be sold. You can also soak them in certain chemicals which in turn will cause them to burn different colors when placed in a fireplace. These treated pineapples sell for around $15 for a 3-pound bag.
You can look for ginseng and other herbal roots like goldenseal, black cohosh, and wild hydrangea. A pound of wild ginseng typically costs between $300 and $800 per pound, depending on that year’s market.
Arrowheads, flint tools, and other Indian rocks and artifacts can be found in fields and forests across the country. A good artifact alone could be worth anywhere from $10 to $1000.
Watch for trees or small, twisted branches. You can make very pretty canes out of these quite easily. Just try to use trees or branches that have a unique and distinctive quality. This makes the walking stick a unique item with character.
You can find giant cane, also known as river cane, in 23 states. Often found in floodplains with little tree cover above. You can take some of the bigger ones and make fishing poles out of them and sell them.
You can find and sell deer, elk and elk antler sheds. Many sell for several dollars a pound, but if you find a trophy-sized shed, you could fetch a lot more.
You may need to exercise some caution in this case. Most people wait until after the fall frost. He’s gathering wasp nests. They usually bring in about $20-30 each for people who want them as a sort of rustic decor or just collect them. Also, hornets don’t use an old nest, they build a new one every year.
Hopefully, you’ve gotten at least a few ideas from this article, and maybe you have most of these things in your area. Please only be responsible when taking advantage of nature’s available resources and always check your local laws and regulations before proceeding.