Non-Timber Forest Management and Sustainable Use by Major Forest Zones in BC

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.

Course code: ER352

How to register

To register, please call the Continuing Studies Registration Desk at 250-472-4747, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

Credit (diploma) students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.

Non-credit (certificate) students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

Additional course details

Course credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.


Online Moodle-based format over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.


Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

Next offering

Sept. 5 to Dec. 10, 2017