The Natural Resource Reserve will be managed as a sustainable wood lot over the long term. A planned selective timber harvest took place in 2007, and will takes place at sparse, planned intervals into the future in the interest of promoting forest health.
Meanwhile, the primary thrust of economic production on ICNL is the management and sale of non-timber forest products. South Hill Forest Products, a student-run business based on South Hill Natural Area East, produces maple syrup, edible mushrooms, honey, and other products of the hive. One of the primary aims of the non-timber forest products project is to demonstrate that intact forest can be used as a working landscape, delivering revenue for landowners who do not wish to harvest their trees for timber.