In our business, we are used to talking with people, seeking their views and taking those views into account in the decisions we make. And there are many times when speaking to others is essential or at least recommended for the task we are doing.
We have developed this OGB to help you with that engagement process, but not to give you a definitive list of when you must engage. Task specific OGBs, instructions and other FC guidance will tell you when it is mandatory or recommended best practice to discuss issues with people outside the FC.
The methods for public engagement are fully described in Public engagement in forestry: a toolbox for involving people, which Forest Research updated in 2011.