Canadian Forest Service Publications

Commercial development of non-timber forest resources: A case study of morels in the East Kootenay, British Columbia. 2010. Keefer, M.E.; Winder, R.S.; Hobby, T. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management 11(1&2): 39-51.

Year: 2010

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 32009

Language: English

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Abstract

This case study uses primary data from the authors’ research in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, along with secondary information, to present an overview of morel habitat and productivity with an emphasis on the relationship between forest fires and the production of morels. It explores some of the challenges facing efforts to improve the commercial success of morel harvest including inconsistent harvest locations and quantities of morel production. Annual morel harvests depend on the occurrence of unpredictable forest disturbances, principally fire and insect attack. The authors examine the possible benefits of managing for morel production in forest management strategies. They also point to key areas of additional research that could be useful in supporting a healthy commercial harvest of morels.