Aimed at the owners and managers of conifer woodlands, the Practice Guide offers advice, ideas and case studies that relate to the decisions which managers need to make when they are preparing a Forest Plan. The advice is also intended to be useful to those developing their plans for new forests and woodlands.
Stewart Stevenson, Minister for the Environment & Climate Change, said:
The new UK Forestry Standard and suite of Guidelines promote the benefits of diversity throughout all aspects of the forest environment. Drawn up with input from landscape architects, forest ecologists and professional foresters, the guidance addresses the challenges facing forest managers in achieving the requirements of the UKFS and offers integrated management options for delivering diversity in a range of situations.
For example, climate change is likely to mean changed site conditions in some areas – and this will impact on the growth of some tree species. Selecting alternative species that are better suited to the projected conditions – and adopting appropriate silvicultural systems – could create different economic opportunities. Achieving this is one of the key challenges for sustainable forest management.
Nicholas Shepherd, the Commission’s landscape and culture advisor, and project manager during the preparation of the Practice Guide, said;
The guidance comes in two parts. Part 1 offers practical advice and ideas – illustrated with case studies – on making the best use of diversity in forest management while preparing a Forest Plan. Part 2 offers illustrated examples of how the advice might come together in four different forest landscapes.