Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) are statutory committees constituted under Section 37 of the Forestry Act 1967. The RACs advise the Commission, through our Area Directors, on the implementation of forestry and related policies in each region.
On 1 December 2013 the working title of the RACs changed to Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees (FWAC) to better reflect their role and refreshed remit.
Each FWAC covers one of nine distinct areas. The Committees consists of an independent Chair and eleven members appointed by the Forestry Commissioners. The composition of each FWAC is designed to achieve a spread of interests in the region. Members may include representatives of the forestry industry, environmental interests, woodland owners, local communities and others who it is considered can contribute effectively to the work of the committee.
In 2014 the Urban FWAC Network was established to support the Area FWAC members who had an interest in, and expertise on, urban forestry. Their role is to champion urban forestry to the Forestry Commission, and their respective FWACs; and to share and disseminate good practice amongst each other, and more widely through the forestry sector. They meet twice a year, and membership is supplemented by other invited specialists in urban forestry.