Event Title

Seeing the forest under the trees: the pine mushroom harvest of British Columbia

Description

The pine mushroom harvest is a lucrative industry within the province of BC, yielding estimates of $40 million in sales to foreign markets each year (Berch, 2000). Although there is great potential for this industry to benefit the BC economy, this potential is not being realized as the sector is generally unregulated. Secondly, unfettered access has in some cases lead to unsustainable harvesting practices. One answer to these problems is to have communities manage their own forests through a system of community forest management that accounts for diverse forest environments and distinct community values. This poster examines the models of the Mission Municipal Forest and the Nisga Lisims Government Lands and Resources Directorate to illustrate the effectiveness of community forest management in the regulation of pine mushrooms and other Non Timber Forest Products.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

White matsutake--British Columbia--Management; Sustainable development;

Geographic Coverage

British Columbia;

Genre/Form

Posters

Session

Poster Session

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Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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Language

English

Type

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Seeing the forest under the trees: the pine mushroom harvest of British Columbia

The pine mushroom harvest is a lucrative industry within the province of BC, yielding estimates of $40 million in sales to foreign markets each year (Berch, 2000). Although there is great potential for this industry to benefit the BC economy, this potential is not being realized as the sector is generally unregulated. Secondly, unfettered access has in some cases lead to unsustainable harvesting practices. One answer to these problems is to have communities manage their own forests through a system of community forest management that accounts for diverse forest environments and distinct community values. This poster examines the models of the Mission Municipal Forest and the Nisga Lisims Government Lands and Resources Directorate to illustrate the effectiveness of community forest management in the regulation of pine mushrooms and other Non Timber Forest Products.