Canadian Forest Service Publications

Ecological and biological considerations for sustainable management of non-timber forest products in northern forests. 1999. Duchesne, L.C.; Zasada, J.C.; Davidson-Hunt, I. Pages 102 - 109 in Forest Communities in the Third Millennium: linking research, business and policy toward a sustainable non-timber forest product sector. Proceedings of meeting October 1-4, 1999, Kenora, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Forest Service and North Central Research Station.General Technical Report NC-217 152p.

Year: 1999

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35362

Language: English

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With a current output of over $241 million per year, non-timber forest products (NTFPs) contribute significantly to the welfare of rural and First Nations communities in Canada. Map sap products, wild mushrooms, and wild fruits are the most important NTFPs for consumption both in Canada and abroad. However, because of increased access to international markets by entrepreneurs along with a growing international demand for NTFPs, it may be possible to double or triple Canada's NTFP harvest. As well, the development of this industry requires that biological research be conducted to better manage and locate the NTFP resources. To avoid depleting forest biodiversity, future research should also address the domestication of NTFPs.