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Non-timber forest product development in British Columbia’s community forests and small woodlands: constraints and potential solutions

Author(s) or contact(s): E.J. Davis
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Forest Management, Land Use Planning, Non-Timber Forest Products
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 2011. Hardcopy is available.


The British Columbia Inter-agency Non-timber Forest Resources (IANTFR) Committee was established in January 2006 to facilitate a co-ordinated approach to non-timber forest resource management in the province. The Ministry of Forests and Range and Ministry of Agriculture and Lands co-chair the IANTFR Committee. Other government partners include or have included what are now the Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and the Ministry of Community and Rural Development (names of some Ministries have changed since 2006). Representatives from the First Nations Forestry Council and the First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative have participated in committee meetings. The Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology (formerly the Centre for Non-Timber Resources) at Royal Roads University provides expert advice and support services to the Committee. The Ministry of Forests and Range also contributes to the Committee by providing staff time and expertise, and resources to produce publications.

The goals of the Committee are (1) to improve communication and co-ordination across the provincial government, and (2) to advise government on issues related to non-timber forest resource management in British Columbia. The IANTFR Committee members have produced a communication strategy that includes the production of publications designed to improve awareness about non-timber forest resources so that they are managed appropriately.

A series of Land Management Handbooks on this theme has been co-published by the Ministry of Forests and Range and the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at Royal Roads University. Documents as yet unpublished can be found at

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Updated March 08, 2011