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A New Guide for Forest Managers to Help Adapt Forest Areas to Climate Change

The Forest Commission, the Scottish Forest Service, the Wales Natural Resources ծառայության Forest Service of Northern Ireland released a new guide today (Saturday, May 14) that outlines how landowners and managers can adapt their forests to climate change. The week is coming to an end.

A guide to standard UK forestry practice “Forests եցնել Adapt forest management to changing climate conditions” Outlines the steps that can be taken to promote forest areas that will be able to withstand current and future threats due to climate change, such as drought, climate change, and more frequent, severe weather events.

In order for our forests and forest areas to thrive, adaptation measures must be carefully considered. The guide introduces a number of such measures, including the diversification of different types of trees planted in the landscape, such as the change of dominant species to increase biodiversity. It also recommends selecting seeds that are best suited to the local climate to reduce the risk of drought, frost, pests and diseases. It is also advisable for landowners and foresters to think about encouraging more natural restoration. Naturally restored areas can reduce the risk of wind, drought, frost, pests and diseases where individuals are better adapted to changing terrain conditions.

The chairman of the Forest Commission, Sir William Worsley, said:

The forest areas of the future need to be planted and managed differently if we are to cope with our changing climate.

By planting a more diverse variety of trees in the right place, according to the UK Forestry Standard, we can grow healthy, flowering trees across the country. This new Guide will help land managers protect our precious forests and ensure their resilience for years to come.

Today’s post follows a series of announcements this week promoting the benefits of healthy trees and plants as part of National Plant Health Week (May 9-15). These include the launch of the Forest Research Holt Laboratory և Forest Protection Center, both of which will conduct innovative research on ways to manage tree pests և diseases as well as climate change threats.

The creation of forest areas is an important part of society’s greater adaptation to climate change, as forests and forests can provide shade, shelter, flood protection, and reduce both air pollution and soil erosion. Growing trees remove carbon dioxide from the air, retain carbon in the wood for a lifetime, and help manage flood risk.

Implementing these steps in day-to-day forest management will support forest implementation England Tree Action Plan, which defines the long-term program of the Government for the trees, forests and forests of the nation. It will also contribute to the government’s wider efforts to at least triple tree planting in England by the end of this parliament, to plant 30,000 hectares a year in the UK by 2025, and to reach zero by 2050.

The guide was prepared by Forest Research, part of the Forest Commission’s UK Forest Tree Research Base.

The UKFS Practice Guide on “Adapting Forests to Climate Change” is available for free download Catalog of Forest Research online publications. Printed copies (12 12 per copy) will be available soon.

More information: Auxiliary resources for the guide are available here.

A New Guide for Forest Managers to Help Adapt Forest Areas to Climate Change

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