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In this project we propose to develop a ‘package’ of readily accessible extension and professional development education materials on the compatible management of timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs; meaning all of the harvested botanical and mycological species of the forest excluding conventional timber) for forestry and other resource professionals. The need and demand for compatible management of the full range of forest resources continues to increase in importance as the value of NTFPs to local communities and to the province as a whole becomes more apparent, and communities choose, or are forced, to pursue additional and/or alternative strategies for generating income. Recent reports and conferences have highlighted a growing recognition of the role NTFPs can play in community stability and health (e.g. http://www.ntfpvictoria2005.ca/, http://www.fpb.gov.bc.ca/news/releases/2004/05-25.htm). Our research and that of colleagues elsewhere in North America indicates that forestry and other resource professionals generally lack accurate and detailed information for making informed decisions about the compatible management of timber and non-timber forest resources (Titus et al. 2004). Further, the on-line survey on compatible management activity in British Columbia, developed as part of the British Columbia Forest Science Program project, Critical Information for Policy Development and Management of Non-Timber Forest Products in British Columbia: Baseline Studies on Economic Value and Compatible Management (Y061065), has generated over 220 responses to date, 20% of which were from major timber licensees. This response signifies the interest in, and demand for, better and more accessible information on compatible management methods. A key challenge for resource managers is that the body of knowledge that currently exists around this topic is generally scattered in the literature and among a diverse group of practitioners, is continually and rapidly evolving, and often difficult to locate and access. This project will make a significant contribution to making knowledge available in an area – compatible management – of growing importance for forest management. Over a 3 year period, we will work with our partners and clients to develop the Timber/NTFP Compatible Management cluster on the Royal Roads University Centre for Non-Timber Resources NTFP web site (http://www.royalroads.net/ntfp/). This cluster will build on previous activities of the Centre, including the on-going development of an interactive database and the repository of a broad range of NTFP-related information, to create a “one-stop” website for resource managers and others seeking information on NTFPs. Current research at the CNTR includes projects that help to provide the framework and expertise to ensure the success of this proposal. These include the British Columbia Forest Science Program project, Critical Information for Policy Development and Management of Non-Timber Forest Products in British Columbia: Baseline Studies on Economic Value and Compatible Management, and the Sustainable Forest Management Network project, Commercial development of non-timber forest products and forest bio-products: critical factors for success. Included in the compatible management cluster will be a variety of extension products that reflect the wishes expressed by resource managers for information that is readily accessible as well as responsive to their need for practical, applied knowledge on this topic. These products will include a collection of case studies focused on specific timber/NTFP compatible management issues (e.g. timber and pine mushroom compatible management; the ecological and socio-economic basis for Nisga’a timber/NTFP management; the collection of NTFP economic data for specific sectors/geographical areas) of importance to crown land and private land managers, including First Nations, Community Forests, and Woodlot owners. These case studies will be developed in collaboration with project partners, including those already identified, as well as other collaborators to be identified through the baseline studies on compatible management and commercial activity currently underway (as described above). When completed, the case studies will be posted on the website, providing resource managers with concrete, detailed examples of practical strategies for managing for a broad range of forest resource values. Working with the project advisory group and partners from key organizations representing potential user groups for the extension materials, we will develop a number of professional development (PD) training modules for forestry and other resource professionals to be offered via the Internet. The final content of these training modules will be determined based on the expressed needs/interests of targeted professional groups, but will focus on topics such as understanding the concept of compatible management, working with industry partners, and the compatible management of timber and key NTFP sectors. Three project partners have agreed to participate in and financially contribute to pilot offerings of the training modules. Given the growing interest in the NTFP sector, we anticipate a significant and increasing demand for the training modules both within and outside the province from a wide range of resource manager groups. The final component of the project will be an extensive up-dating of the NTFP bibliography recently gifted to the CNTR by the Institute for Culture and Ecology (http://www.ifcae.org/). Although the bibliography is an important source of information in its current form, a lack of resources means it has not been up-dated for a number of years. As part of the development of the compatible management web cluster, we will add to and up-date the bibliography with literature identified through completed and on-going projects (as previously described, as well as the Canadian Model Forest Network/Royal Roads University project, “A NTFP Working Forum” 2003-2006).