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8TuesdayMarch102015INDUSTRYFORESTRESOURCESBetherstthetranslatetheaboveCreephraseandwinafreelanguagepackageBringyouranswerintotheNorthernJournaloremaileditornorj.ca.KetawasisimsanowakohciMarchisAboriginalLanguagesMonthBroughttoyoubyTheNWTCreeLanguageProgramTheNWTMtisNationByMEAGANWOHLBERGAmorelmushroomharvesttorivaltheworldoverisanticipatedtooodtheterri-torywithpickersbuyersandmillionsincashthissummerfollowingtheworstreseasononrecordlastyear.ThisisgoingtobethebiggestmorelharvestinthehistoryoftheworldlongtimepickerWalterBrownofYellowknifeannounced-withmorethanahintofexcitement-toalivelygroupofentrepreneurialFortSmith-erslatelastmonth.Therecouldbeasmuchas100millionworththissummerintheNWT.BrownandScottMcQueenofthedepart-mentofIndustryTourismandInvestmentITIrecentlycompletedatouroftheSouthSlavestoppingineachcommunitytogivein-formationalsessionsonhowindividualscangetinvolvedandmakemoneyoffwhatissuretobeaboomingindustrycomeMay.Therecouldbe2000peopleshowingupthissummerandmostofthosepeoplewillbebe-tweenFortProvidenceandBehchokoBrownsaidusingamaptoshowthe120-kmstretchofburnedareaalongHighway3thatlastyearwasthemassiveBirchCreekrecomplex.Withprofessionalpickersandcash-ladenbuyersfromacrossthecountryalreadyeyeinguptheterritoryasaquickmoney-makerthisyearITIistryingtoencourageasmanyNorth-ernersaspossibletogetinontheactionandensuresomeofthatmoneystaysintheNWT.LastyearthedepartmentequippedpeopleintheDehchowiththeknowledgenecessarytobecomepartoftheharvestandBrownsaidthereturntothelocaleconomywas1.5million.ThatsinthehandsoflocalpeopleBrownsaid.ThebeautyoftheoperationisthatitistrulyfreeenterpriseBrownsaid.Withjustapailaparingknifeandsomemotivationpickerscanclear500ormoreadaytax-free.OngooddayslastyearBrownsaidpickersintheDehchocouldmakeover1000foronedayswork.Itssomethingyoucantakeprideinthatyoudoyourselfhesaid.Brownsaidtheeasiestwayforbeginnerstogetinvolvedistosellthefreshmushroomsonsitetoabuyertypicallyat10apound.Thosebuyersthendothemoredifcultdry-ingworkneededtosellthemtotheinterna-tionalmarket.Butforthosewhowanttoputintheextraefforttomakeevenmorecashthedepartmentisofferinginstructiononhowtosetupinde-pendentdryingoperationsallowingpickerstomaketwiceasmuchsellingtheirharvestonline-especiallyaroundChristmas.TheworldmarketisneversatisedsoifyouhavemorelsyouwillalwaysbeabletosellBrownsaid.Thedepartmentalsoanticipatescertaincom-munitieswillbeabletomakesidemoneyofftheindustrybyprovidingserviceslikeroad-sidegasfoodandwatertopickersandbuyers.ThoughthestartoftheseasonwilldependonanumberoffactorslikespringmoistureBrownestimatesmorelsshouldberipeforthetakingbythethirdweekofMayuntilaroundmid-Julyorsixweeks.Duringthattimebuyerswillbeatvirtu-allyeveryresiteintheterritorylookingforpickers.Wheretherearepickersandnobuy-ersBrownsaidthedepartmentisincontactwithreputablebuyersandwillstepintopointthemintherightdirectionensuringnocom-munityisleftoutofthegame.BuyersareanticipatedtooodtheHigh-way3areaaswellastheareaaroundKakisa.ThoughWoodBuffaloNationalParkmakesmuchoftheburnareaaroundFortSmithofflimitsoneareaaroundLittleBuffaloFallsshowspromiseaswellasthataroundTsuLakeforthemoreambitiousy-outpickers.TheGNWTisalsoinconversationwiththeTlichoGovernmentaboutsupportformovingdriedmushroomsoutoftheprimarilyy-inregionthissummer.AsidefromtheorientationseminarstheGNWTwillbedistributingamorelpickershandbookforfreethroughouttheterritoryandwillbesettingupcampsintheburnareasduringpickingseasontooffertrainingandassistancetolocalharvesters.WorkisalsounderwaytoamendtheNWTForestManagementActtoallowforthereg-ulationofmushroomstoensurelocalpeoplebenetmostfromtheNorthernresource.BiggestmorelharvestinworldhistoryexpectedinNWTGovernmentestimates100Mcouldbemadeoffpost-remushroompickPhotoWikipediaCommonsTheterritorialgovernmentisexpectingasmuchas100millioncouldbemadeoffthissummersmushroompickintheNWT.