Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-178

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Non-timber forest products stewardship pilot project

Author(s): Tedder, Sinclair (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Forestry
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


The purpose of this project is to design the Non-Timber Forest Product Collaborative Stewardship Project (NTFP CSP), whose goal is to overcome uncertainties in the management and stewardship of non-timber forest products, thereby leading to an appropriate NTFP management regime for the province of British Columbia. The project if implemented would test a variety of management assumptions in a pilot setting. What is meant by stewardship and management of the resource is to recognize the contribution of NTFPs to regional economies and the hundreds and thousands of individuals who rely on NTFPs for all or part of their livelihoods, whether monetary or subsistence based. This project is meant to provide a means to both enhance NTFP opportunities and ensure the use of appropriate harvest methods in the extraction of a sustainable volume of product. Thus, the focus is avoiding value led over-exploitation of the resource and a threat to the long-term stability of commercial and non-commercial uses. The pilot approach is important to deal with management uncertainties and product characteristics. Prior to implementing the pilot, the design must get Ministry of Forests executive and government approval, as such the design of the pilot and its potential implementation is still in its early stages.

For further information, please contact Sinclair Tedder, BC Ministry of Forests (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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