It’s All About Relationships: First Nations and Non-Timber Resource Management in British Columbia
Keywords:British Columbia First Nations, management approaches, non-timber forest resources.
This article summarizes several examples of management approaches used by First Nations currently managing for non-timber forest resources (NTFRs). It outlines recurring themes that underlie these approaches, and highlights noteworthy accomplishments or concepts of potential relevance to natural resource policy, planning, and management. A central argument is that to understand how First Nations manage for NTFRs and why they often choose not to maximize profitability of commercially useful products, you must first understand the relationship between First Nations and their territories. The article concludes with the recommendation that land use decision makers collaborate more with First Nations and consider incorporating their approaches to realize the social, economic, and ecological benefits stemming from holistic stewardship of NTFRs.
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