Special Forest Products Entrepreneur

What do they do? Develop and market new uses for forest products other than lumber.

Description: The field of forest products entrepreneurship offers financial opportunities for those willing to gamble on a good idea. Those in the field say that the industry is in its infancy, with enterprises tending more toward hobbies than income-generating businesses, but believe that there are undiscovered profits hidden within the forest. Special forest products run the gamut of materials from plants and edibles to rocks and small-diameter trees and pine cones. Presently, most special forest products are used on a small scale. Examples include using scrap timber for construction of souvenirs, crafts, and furniture or harvesting mushrooms and medicinal plants.

Education: Experience and creativity.

Salary: Unknown potential.