Planning for Forest Resilience: Threat and Opportunity
What makes a forest resilient?
Thetford Forest is one of the first timber reserves planted by the Forestry Commission and Britain’s largest lowland pine forest. Dothistroma needle blight in Corsican pine has infected 60% of the forest, reducing growth rates and, in places, causing mortality. This is forcing urgent re-evaluation of forest plans. To inform new plans, influencing factors must be considered including: climate change, nature conservation designations, population growth, increasing recreation, timber, local community and the iconic Brecks landscape. Each factor creates constraints but complexity comes from the interrelationships between them. The workshop will provide a background briefing before asking delegates to take part in helping to define the factors that make a resilient forest, and how these factors interrelate with one another. The resultant output from this workshop will be shared with the delegates and will also help to refine the development of the Forest Resilience Programme at Thetford.
Friday June 21, 11.30 – 13.00