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

Code: ER352
Apply this course towards: 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 Asynchronous delivery style over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.


Acceptance into 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.


Tuition and fee payment

  • RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid to UVic Tuition.
  • RNS certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

To drop a course, call 250-472-4747.

Non-refundable fee policy

Course fees will be fully refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 business days* prior to the start date of a course. After that, a non-refundable fee of $50 will be charged in addition to the regular UVic fee reduction deadlines listed in the UVic Calendar.

*A business day is considered an official work day and does not include statutory holidays or weekends.

This non-refundable fee policy will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

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