Canadian Forest Service Publications

Subsistence and non-industrial forest use in the lower Liard Valley. 1997. Beckley, T.M.; Hirsch, B.H. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-352.

Year: 1997

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11586

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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Subsistence and non-industrial forest uses are important in many northern communities. In some communities, these forest uses may provide more economic value than commercial forest activities. This study uses the replacement value method to estimate the value of some subsistence and non-industrial forest activities to two communities in the lower Liard valley, Fort Liard, and Nahanni Butte. Results show that these forest uses provide between $950 000 and $1 700 000 of income and in-kind income to valley residents. In addition, forest resources are widely shared throughout these communities. Over half the harvests of meat, fuel, berries, and other subsistence goods are given to persons outside the harvesters household. Comparison of contemporary harvest data to the historical data that exists suggests that subsistence and non-industrial forest activities are equal to or greater than historical harvests over the past thirty years.