Today (Saturday, 14 May) the Forestry, Forestry of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Forestry Commission has published a new guide showing how landowners and managers can adapt their forests to climate change, like the National Plant Health Service. The week is coming to an end.
A Practical Guide to Standard UK Forestry “Adapting forest and forest management to climate change” outlines steps that can be taken to promote forests that will be resilient to current and future threats from climate change, such as drought, changing weather conditions and more frequent severe weather events.
In order for our forests and forests to flourish, it is necessary to carefully consider adaptation measures. The handbook presents a number of such measures, including the diversification of different types of trees planted throughout the landscape, such as changing dominant species to increase biodiversity. He also advises choosing seeds that are best suited to the local area and climate to reduce the risks associated with drought, frost, pests and diseases. It is also recommended that landowners and foresters encourage more natural regeneration. Naturally regenerated areas can reduce the risk of wind, drought, frost, pests and diseases, where individuals are better adapted to changing terrain.
The chairman of the Forestry Commission, Sir William Worsley, said:
To be resilient to our changing climate, we need to plant the forests of the future and manage them differently.
By planting a more diverse range of trees in the right place and in line with UK forestry standards, we can help preserve healthy and thriving trees across the country. This new guide will help land managers protect our precious forests and ensure their sustainability for years to come.
Today’s publication accompanies 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 Holt Forest Research Laboratory and the Center for Forest Protection, which will conduct innovative research on pests and tree diseases, as well as ways to address the threats posed by climate change.
Creating forests is an important part of society’s wider adaptation to climate change, as forests and forests can provide shade and shelter, provide protection from floods and reduce both air pollution and soil erosion. Growing trees removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores carbon in wood products throughout their lives and helps manage flood risk.
Implementing these steps in day-to-day forest use will facilitate implementation England Trees Action Plan, which sets out the government’s long-term plan for the country’s trees, forests and forests. It will also support the government’s broader efforts to at least triple the number of tree plantings in England by the end of this Parliament, plant 30,000 hectares of trees across the UK by 2025 and reach net zero by 2050.
The guide was prepared by Forest Research, part of the Forestry Commission and the UK’s main organization for forestry and tree research.
The UKFS Practical Guide to “Adapting Forest and Forest Management to a Climate Change” is available for free download from Catalog of online publications Forest Research. Printed copies (£ 12 per copy) will also be available soon.
More information at Supporting resources for the Guide are available here.