Managing resilient forests

This project aims to investigate adaption of forest management and future regeneration systems to increase resilience to climate change and biotic threats, whilst maintaining productivity.

Research objectives

There are four research areas within the project:

Status

The programme commenced in April 2011 and progress will be reviewed annually over a four year period.

Contact

Gary Kerr

Funders and partners

This research is funded by the Forestry Commission Alternative Management Approaches programme.

Other funders include the Scottish Forestry Trust, REINFFORCE (An INTERREG project of the EU) and FP7 (EU funding).

The project works in close partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland at the Glentress CCF Trial Area and Natural Resources Wales at Clocaenog CCF Research Area.

Forestry Commission policy

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 to pests and diseases is to diversify species composition, vertical structure and spatial heterogeneity. This research helps to achieve this by widening our knowledge of different approaches to management including continuous cover silviculture, natural regeneration and mixed-species stands.