Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are an integral aspect of sustainable forest management. To develop and meet its Sustainable Forest Management Plan (SFMP) for the Fort Nelson defined forested area (DFA) and facilitate co-management of timber and non-timber forest resources, Canfor requires baseline information on the economic, ecological and cultural NTFP activities in the area. The Fort Nelson TSA remains a remote and unstudied area with regards to NTFPs. This preliminary report determines the initial baseline data availability for both known and potential NTFPs in the area. It develops preliminary NTFP species lists using available literature and sources, assesses the current economic activity occurring in the NTFP sector, and develops a preliminary traditional use species list based on a review of the literature. Recommendations are made for Phase I-B and Phase II. Although there appears to be little commercial activity at the moment in the Fort Nelson TSA, there is extensive traditional and continued use of these species by the First Nations, and likely more commercial activity than can be captured in this first broad overview. Further, there are many species within the forests of the Fort Nelson TSA which have established markets; with increased capacity within the community, these opportunities could be realized.
prepared by The Centre for Non-Timber Resources.
Centre for Non-Timber Resources, Thomson, Sandra M.; Brownie, Kerri. 2007. Non-timber forest products indicator development for the Fort Nelson defined forest area: phase IA preliminary report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2007MR104
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Non-timber, forest, products, British, Columbia
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