Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are an often-overlooked resource in British Columbia. This is despite their importance to Aboriginal Peoples and an increasing realization that some products—such as edible mushrooms and floral greenery—support multi-million dollar industries. The general neglect of these resources means that there’s an inadequate regulatory environment, little research into sustainable levels of use and inadequate statistics on either the level or distribution of harvest.
The intent of this course is to provide an overview of NTFP ecology and use in British Columbia. It presents an ecological approach to managing NTFPs for an array of economic and cultural purposes:
spiritual and ceremonial
By the end of the course, students will understand how NTFPs relate to the ecosystems that sustain them, and how to manage within this context.
Online Moodle-based format over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.
Tuition and Fee Payment:
RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.
RNS Certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.
Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.
If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, including UVic and Letter of Permission students from RRU and TRU, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) before registering.
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
Participants may be entitled to a partial refund, depending on date of course drop. Exact dates are listed in the University of Victoria calendar http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2017-09/general/dates.html and updated annually. Please consult the calendar for information.
Course withdrawal: students wishing to withdraw from a course—for any reason—must do so by contacting the program office at email@example.com.
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.