Tree Frog Forestry News

Modern forests can work for carbon – and nature

Confor
July 21, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Planting and managing trees in the UK to produce wood can deliver biodiversity benefits as well as playing a vital role in the fight against climate change, a new report argues. After Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith called for a “colossal endeavour” to more than double existing planting rates by 2025, Confor has produced an analysis of evidence to show that forests planted in the UK for wood production have significant value as biodiversity habitats. Policy researcher Eleanor Harris draws on a huge body of research and real-life case studies to argue that suitably-sited forests for wood production can deliver great benefits for wildlife – and that appropriate harvesting from native woodland can often enhance its biodiversity value. …The report also highlights that better management of all forests … to produce wood will benefit wildlife, support local jobs and reduce imports. New productive woodland can also buffer biodiversity-rich ancient woodland and provide species corridors.

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