Robson Valley Market Opportunities
A Robson Valley Market Opportunity Analysis and Implementation Plan was completed for Community Futures Fraser-Fort George to improve our understanding of which markets need to be considered by the Robson Valley agriculture sector, to identify challenges and gaps, and to provide recommendations for overcoming these challenges/gaps.
The report provides a contextual overview of production, processing and sales within the Robson Valley, and describes the barriers and assets to expanding production and broadening sales channels. Market trends and potential consumer demand are described. The project culminated by identifying 5 market opportunities accompanied by a detailed implementation plan.
Vancouver Island Pest Assessment
With climate change, shifts in the distribution, lifecycles, and prevalence of agriculturally relevant pest, pollinator, and biocontrol species are anticipated. It is important that proactive agricultural adaptation occurs to mitigate impacts. Strategic adaptation will help reduce the vulnerability to these impacts while building capacity to adapt and respond, minimizing production losses and cost increases from changing pest pressures, pest management, and pollination in the Vancouver Island region.
In collaboration with Pollinator Partnership Canada, this project reviewed and summarized related current resources, monitoring activities, and research. A gaps and opportunity analysis was completed and a two-year project outline was developed.
Project Management, Te'mexw Treaty Association
Since October 2019, Charlton Consulting has been providing project management services for Te'mexw Treat Association Treaty Related Measures projects. These projects relate to all aspects of Treaty, from culture, to natural resources, to land use planning.
Services include all aspects of management: project scoping, budgeting, management of deliverables/budgets and reporting. Charlton Consulting also manages TTA referrals and contributes to other TTA portfolios as needed.
Co-management of Non-Timber Resources
This project was both my Master's Thesis and a report for the Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation (WGCFC). The research is a case study involving the WGCFC in Clearwater, BC and the Simpcw First Nation.
The research objectives were to: begin to describe sustainable modes of harvesting Non-Timer Forest Resources (NTFRs) based on traditional and local knowledge, stewardship and protocols; describe First Nations and non-First Nations perspectives on NTFRs and NTFR management and define areas of common interest and potential collaboration; determine factors of and challenges to success in managing NTFRs, through the theoretical framework of co-management; apply the case study method to a unique geographical location, describing NTFRs harvested and threatened NTFRs; and to explore constraints to and opportunities for the use of NTFRs both for subsistence or for economic development.