New uses of plant materials for energy and other products could shift our economy from one that’s dependent on fossil fuels to an economy based on renewable raw materials and energy sources. Work is currently being done to establish a more diverse bio-economy in the province and take advantage of new and existing markets.
Fibre Recovery Tenures
After a tenured forestry area has been harvested, there are two additional tenures that can be acquired if the person harvesting doesn’t plan to use the remaining fibre:
- Fibre Supply Licence to Cut (FSLTC)
- Fibre Forestry Licence to Cut (FFLTC)
MLA Bio-Economy Committee Report
A special committee recently explored the potential for bio-economic development in the province. The final report encouraged government to take an active leadership role in the rapid development of our bio-economy, and recommended focussing on five key areas: vision, fibre and feedstock, technology, markets, and infrastructure.
- Read the report (PDF)
Non-Timber Forest Products
Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are products found in a forest but not derived from wood. Good examples are forest-grown flowers, and mushrooms. Non-timber forest product harvesting is a rapidly growing sector, supported in many different ways by the province.
Programs & Initiatives
Supporting diverse products and innovative use of our natural resources is an important part of diversifying our bio-economy, and the province partners with multiple organizations to do so.