Summary of Research
The focus of this research programme is to assess and quantify the effects of silvicultural practice, genetic choice, site factors and climate upon the wood properties of the key timber species growing in Britain and the performance of wood products from these species. The programme works on issues at three time scales:
1. Short-term (1-10 years). Assessment of the spatial distribution of the current forest resource and the suitability of this resource for different end-products.
2. Medium-term (10-50 years). The impact of site, genetic choice and silviculture on the quality of the forest resource for stands being or recently established.
3. Long-term (>30 years). The long term impact on the future British timber resource of the changing climate and opportunities for improvement and long-term resilience through genetic selection.
The programme involves field measurements, evaluation of the latest forest and timber measurement techniques, statistical modelling and software simulation. This requires wide ranging collaboration with a range of partners in universities and other research organisations together with close collaboration with the Tree Selection and Breeding, the Integrated Forest Monitoring, Forest Climate Change Adaptation Strategies, Economic Research for Sustainable Forest Management and Alternative Management Approaches programmes within Forest Research.