Non-Timber Forest Management and Sustainable Use by Major Forest Zones in B.C.

PART OF: Restoration of Natural Systems - Certificate, Restoration of Natural Systems - Diploma

Course description

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:

  • product harvesting
  • tourism
  • spiritual and ceremonial
  • horticultural
  • ecosystem restoration

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.

Next offering

Fall 2019


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 ( before registering.

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