The effect of many individual factors upon establishment success are reasonably well understood (e.g. nutrition, weed control) but the interactions between such factors have only been studied to a limited degree. Recent surveys continue to indicate a widespread failure to achieve satisfactory planting density, particularly on second rotation restock sites.
We are currently researching these concerns and have developed the EMIS – DSS to help integrate forest management establishment decisions.
Continued research is aimed at developing predictive models of tree establishment and growth for the UK, which will ultimately to allow ‘life-cycle’ cost-benefit analysis of establishment practices. For more information about ongoing research please see the Integrated establishment systems for the uplands.