Sustainable Forest Harvest project - monitoring NTFP harvests

The Sustainable Forest Harvest project was developed in response to direct recommendations agreed by consensus among a wide range of interest groups during a Scotland-wide Wild Harvests seminar in May 2006. At the seminar researchers, harvesters and species specialists collectively identified a strong need for information about sustainable harvesting levels and practice around NTFPs in Scotland.

Ceps - one of Scotland's most popular edible fungi

More recently, surveys suggested that over 200 non-timber forest products (NTFPs), derived from 173 vascular plant and fungal species, are currently being collected regularly in Scotland and that gathering by less experienced collectors is on the increase. At the same time we know there is much good practice, a strong concern amongst existing gatherers to ensure that harvesting is sustainable, and much historical precedent showing that use and value of forest products results in better management of habitats and species.

The Sustainable Forest Harvest project developed methods for monitoring the impacts of wild harvests. It focused on three areas: fungi, sphagnum moss and lungwort (a lichen, Lobaria pulmonaria). There were very different reasons for choosing each of these:

The project was run by specialist NTFP researcher Dr Alison Dyke.

Click here to download a presentation about the Sustainable Forest Harvest project's findings, made by Alison Dyke at the Wild Harvests of Scotland conference in April 2009 (PDF file 597KB)

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