Summary of Research
The main aim of this research is to answer the question: how can we adapt forests to increase resilience to climate change and biotic threats, while maintaining productivity?
Forests in Britain are composed of a relatively small range of species and one method of management, clearfelling, has been the main modus operandi. The best way to adapt forests to the risks of climate change and increase resilience is to increase the diversity of species, vertical structure and spatial location.
This research helps to achieve this by widening our knowledge of different approaches to management. Throughout the history of forestry in Britain a small number of managers have attempted to use alternative silvicultural systems to clearfelling with varying degrees of success (Hart, 1995). The key challenge of this research is to provide the scientific basis and the associated technology transfer to ensure that alternative approaches to clearfelling become part of mainstream forestry practice in Britain.
Hart, C. (1995) Alternative Silvicultural Systems to Clear Cutting in Britain: A Review. Forestry Commission Bulletin 115. HMSO, London.