Community Engagement & Development

Alternative Economic Opportunities

Non-Timber Forest Products - MB Wild

Have you a Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) organization or business?

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Non Timber Forest Products
Spring Workshops

Are you interested in learning about the various materials that can be sustainably harvested from the forest and products that can be manufactured for personal use or for profit? Join us for our non-timber forest product training workshops. Learn to harvest and manufacture NTFPs in a hands-on way. Space is limited in each workshop, so register early. To register, please call 367-4541 or 340-6707 or e-mail All workshops will be held at the Winnipeg River Learning Centre, Powerview-Pine Falls, MB.

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April 16-20th

One week introductory course to NTFP's will include ethics, safety gear, handling, & storage. GPS introduction, wreath-making, medicinal salves, maple & birch syrup production, and willow chair making. Registration $600. Participants may qualify for tuition and travel subsidies. Please inquire.




Saturday April 21st

One day willow chair making workshop with Audrey Hiebert. Participants get to take home their chair. Registration $150

April 23-27th

One week business and individualized computer training with Winnipeg River Community Futures and the Academy of Learning. Registration $300. Participants may qualify for subsidies. Please inquire.

Saturday April 28th

Willow/Dogwood/Tamarack Wreath Making Workshop with Ken Fosty. Registration $50

May 10-12th

Chain saw carving with Jim Neidemeyer. Will include 1/2 day chainsaw safety. Participants get to take home their carving. Registration $225

May 22-26th

Second week of NTFP certificate course. Will include the making walking sticks, coat racks, bowl turning, plant identification, herbal teas, and growing specialty mushrooms. Registration fee TBA. Participants may qualify for subsidies. Please inquire

Saturday May 26th

Growing Specialty Mushrooms with Ken Fosty. Registration $50

Sunday May 27th

Producing Medicinal Salves with Mike James. Registration $50

A material list including tools and safety gear required will be given to all participants for the willow chair making and chain saw carving courses.

Diane Dube, NTFP Coordinator



MBMF Information KioskThe primary economic base for many forest-based, rural communities is forestry and mining. In recent years, such communities have experienced significant loss of employment due to the downturn in both sectors.. One of the main objectives of the Forest Communities Program is to develop new forest-based economic opportunities. The development of both value-added timber and non-timber forest product (NTFP) businesses have been identified by the Manitoba Model Forest (MBMF) as areas of alternative economic opportunities to pursue for the region.

In pursuing alternative economic opportunities, the MBMF is assisting local people in the development of non-timber forest products businesses.  MushroomsWorkshops highlighting the key areas of NTFPs have been conducted in local communities. These workshops were presented with the assistance of the Canadian Non-Timber Forest Products Network and the Centre for Non-Timber Resources, based out of Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.

In order to train local entrepreneurs in NTFPs, the MBMF and Royal Roads University have developed the Non-timber Forest Products Certificate course offered through the Winnipeg River Learning Centre. The certificate course will utilize a new Canada-wide NTFP training curriculum, the development of which, the MBMF helped to fund. The intensive 2 week training course includes an introduction to NTFPs, safety, regulations and ethics in the bush, Forest Resourcesharvesting equipment, sustainable harvesting practices, determining opportunities in region, business development, and marketing both locally and internationally. It is anticipated that this will become an on-going training course.

The MBMF will continue work in developing NTFP feasibility studies, conducting research on the distribution of certain NTFPs of interest, understanding the sustainable harvest levels of certain NTFPs, integrating NTFP harvesting with other forest-dependent industries and exploring NTFP marketing partnerships. We will also explore opportunities with local communities in areas of tourism and eco-tourism, and guiding and outfitting.