Forests produce a wide variety of useful products and services other than conventional timber and wood products. Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) include wild foods such as mushrooms, berries, and honey; medicinals and nutraceuticals; essential oils; floral greenery; native plants for horticulture and ecological restoration; craft materials and specialty wood products. There is also a growing ecotourism industry, with more tourists seeking experiences that connect them to the land and local culture. NTFPs are an important component of rural, forest-based economies. In BC, they represent a multi-million dollar industry and support a growing number of large and small businesses. Equally important are the ecological and social values they provide. Many NTFPs are essential to wildlife and serve important ecosystem functions. Harvesting from the wild is also a source of recreational, educational and spiritual benefits for many people. NTFPs have always been integral to First Nations culture and continue to be vital and central to the quality of life for many First Nations members. Growing interest in NTFPs has led to greater recognition in land management planning. Leaders in the provincial government and the forest industry are trying to find ways to ensure NTFPs are managed sustainably along with timber resources.
prepared by Tyson Ehlers and Michael Keefer.
Ehlers, Tyson D., Keefer, Michael E.. 2007. Non-timber forest products (NTFP) review for the Invermere TSA: final report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Non-timber, forest, products, British, Columbia
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