UK Government and European policy is to minimise pesticide use as far as possible. Covering pest, disease, vegetation and wildlife management, and based upon the latest research, the Forestry Commission Practice Guide Reducing Pesticide Use in Forestry can help forestry practitioners to assess the impact of any problem and select a non-chemical solution. Two simple flowcharts summarise the decision process and link to comprehensive reference material in the rest of the guide.
If pesticide use is unavoidable, the guide helps managers to keep chemical use to the minimum level necessary consistent with good practice while at the same time reducing the risk of damage to the environment.
Copies of Decision Recording Sheet and the Optional Decision Aid (to assist in balancing the possible non-target effects of pesticides) are available to download here as PDF files:
Decision recording sheet (PDF-86K)
Optional decision aid (PDF-3900K)
If you do not have a full version of Adobe Acrobat Writer, Microsoft Word versions of these files are also available that will allow electronic versions of edited forms to be saved:
Decision recording sheet (MS Word-56K)
Optional decision aid (MS Word-66K)