Joint EFI ATLANTIC & IEFC annual meeting

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10th May - Science Seminar - Edinburgh
11&12th May - Field Trip West Coast

Where to meet?

Edinburgh (Edinburgh Capital Hotel) and West Coast of Scotland (Field Trip)

Do I need to book?

Yes, see below for details of booking a place AND/OR for submitting an abstract for possible inclusion in the Science Seminar on afternoon of 10th May.

In order to book a place at this event, please see the event website

If you wish to present a paper during the open forum on 10th May (15-20 minute papers relevant to the theme of the meeting), please complete the submission form and return to Evelyn Hall no later than 10th April 2017. 

The Role of Alternative Tree Species in the Forests of Atlantic Europe

This meeting will be of relevance and interest to researchers, policy makers, practising foresters and others.  For a full programme, please visit the event website.

The impacts of pests and diseases, windthrow and climate change on the forests of Atlantic Europe are becoming increasingly evident.  To achieve more resilient forests now and in the future requires the use of a wider range of tree species and appropriate silvicultural management.  EFI Atlantic and IEFC members have done a significant amount of work to address species choice and forest management for the future and the REINFFORCE project has been a focus for the alternative species work.  This year’s annual meeting (2017) will consider the results of this work and implications for forest policy and practice.

The programme allows for a one day science seminar (comprising invited presentations and voluntary contributions from EFI Atlantic partners and others) on the conference theme and then a rare opportunity to visit forest sites and experiments in the West Coast of Scotland.  The forest visit will take participants by ferry across the Clyde Estuary to a long established Forest Research tree species trial at Kilmum on the Cowal Peninsula and to the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh site at Benmore.  The following day we will take the ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull to see the REINFFORCE alternative species experiment and a short rotation forestry trial.  The return to Edinburgh will travel through part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.  This trip provides the opportunity to consider future species selection and silviculture at some unique forestry locations and also see one of the most beautiful parts of Europe’s Atlantic coast (the Holy Loch, Loch Long, Oban and the Isle of Mull).



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