This strategy involves the management of NTFP resources in situ
for long-term resource sustainability
- resource protection,
- sustainable harvest, and
- economic development within this framework.
As you work through the material on this strategy,
keep in mind the following key questions:
Can this NTFP resource be protected?
What framework is available or needed to protect
and sustainably manage the NTFP resource?
What information is needed?
Do we have enough information on species ecology,
harvesting impacts, etc., to manage these
Are there currently any resource planning
or decision making processes in place?
Are there government regulations, resource
planning processes, or community protocols
relating to NTFP harvesting?
Who will control and protect the harvest?
Of the possible entities involved in NTFP
harvesting (individuals, groups, communities,
small business, corporations, etc.), which
one is best-placed to ensure the sustainable
management of the resource?
To work effectively in this area, resource
managers need to work within existing resource
planning and decision-making processes to
protect and manage NTFP resources
Click on the bracketed number above or the image below to view the corresponding video.
Some examples of people and businesses working
within this management framework include:
- The Siska Nation owns and runs an NTFP
business that relies on the community’s
ability to access and harvest these resources
in their traditional territory.
- Betty Shore is a pioneer in the wild mushroom
industry and now harvests a range of non-timber
forest resources from the forest.
- Rick Ross is owner of Western Evergreens,
a floral greens business on Vancouver
Island that relies on access to forest
Another potential component of resource protection
is eco-cultural tourism. Eco-cultural tourism
has broad application in terms of nature and
First Nations cultural interpretive programs
and cultural handicraft production, and more
specific application in promoting the value
and the protection of threatened and endangered
One example of eco-cultural tourism is the
Nk’mip Desert and Heritage Centre operated
by the Osoyoos Indian Band.
an ecotour guide at the Centre, explains the
goals of the Centre and describes the significant
NTFPs on the site.
a For more information regarding
this story consult the Olivotto Timber Forest
Modelling Consultants; Timber Harvesting
Plan for the Blackwater Pine Mushroom Management
Area, Small Business Forest Enterprise
Program, British Columbia, Ministry of Forests,
Squamish Forest District, Squamish, BC, 1994).