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Plant management

The various ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest have provided the Stó:lō people with the opportunity to utilise and manage a wide variety of fruit and vegetable resources. Characterising resource gathering as "a simple wander through the forest to collect plants to meet daily needs" would oversimplify the strategies used by the Stó:lō. Decisions on plant management relied on the understanding of climate, season, resource access and availability. Additionally, oral narratives passed on to family members state that taking from berry or root patches which do not belong to you is as grave an offence as not maintaining and protecting resources which have been designated yours.

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