Marc Fawcett-Atkinson is a reporter and writer covering food security for Canada’s National Observer thanks to a grant from the Local Journalism Initiative. He has previously written for High Country News, the Literary Review of Canada, and other publications on topics exploring relationships between people and their social and physical environments.
Marc holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic.
Some First Nations in B.C. have been stepping in to fill the regulatory gap in managing non-timber forest resources — a move both highlighting the value of forests beyond the trees and increasing First Nations’ jurisdiction over their land.
Forests have historically been valued on an industrial scale, managed to maximize the amount of timber cut. But when they aren’t clearcut, they also offer other valuable resources that First Nations and advocates say should be recognized as well.