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Compatible management of timber and pine mushrooms

Author(s) or contact(s): S.M. Berch and J.M. Kranabetter
Source: Forest Science Program
Subject: Mushrooms, Non-Timber Forest Products
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 2010. Hardcopy is available.
 

Abstract

Compatible management is the practice of managing forests for both timber and non-timber values, including non-timber forest products (Titus et al. 2004). This series of guidebooks developed out of a survey conducted in 2006, in which a wide range of participants in the forestry sector provided their views on the opportunities for, and barriers to, compatible management (Cocksedge et al., [2010]). Incorporating non-timber forest products within forest management can provide social, ecological, and financial benefits for land managers and surrounding communities and ecosystems. The purpose of the guidebook series is to provide a concise overview of the key issues and concerns for each topic, and to suggest resources that can help forest managers overcome some of the barriers to the compatible management they have identified.

To manage two or more forest resources on a specific land base, reliable inventories of each resource must be available. Although pine mushrooms are an important and highly sought-after forest resource, unlike other forest resources, there are no provincial standards or collection of inventory for this species.

The purpose of this guide is to describe the scientific and technical approach to understanding pine mushroom habitat and the compatible management of pine mushrooms and timber. To actually implement compatible management also takes integration of social, economic, and other ecological values, which are beyond the scope of this paper. However, a well-designed harvest plan as presented in this report should allow for both timber and pine mushrooms with little impact on timber supply.

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Updated March 25, 2010