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Production Forecasting

The Production Forecast system is a decision support tool used by a range of managers within the Forestry Commission. The outputs from the forecast can influence decisions made at a political level and by public and private sector investors – it is therefore essential that its correct use and limitations are widely understood. The aim of this booklet is to help Forestry Commission staff:

  • use the production forecast as a strategic planning tool
  • use the production forecast in short to medium term planning
  • run a production forecast which reflects felling and thinning plans
  • describe and support the correct use of the production forecast system
  • understand the main influences on production forecast outputs
  • improve the accuracy of production forecasts