Forest Planning rationale

Within the organisations that manage the public forests in the UK there is increasing interest from forest planners to use ecosystem services to review progress towards policy targets and goals, and to use the spatial assessment of ecosystem services to direct resources at an appropriate level to meet new and revised targets following review.

LUES Forest planning rationaleThe diagram provides a schematic view of this process. The methods LUES develop use detailed local information to inform operations, whilst other methods work at a forest block or perhaps Forest District level using tactical data to measure ecosystem services. All this information is aggregated at a Forest District Level and compiled nationally for reporting and review spatially at a national scale.

The ecosystem service methods can demonstrate scenarios of where the placement of woodlands of a certain type will deliver expected ecosystem service outcomes, and where the outcomes will be resilient to climate change futures. Within a Forest District the tactical planning decisions are scenario tested to assess ecosystem service outcomes.

Some changes in plans will be more operational and required detailed assessment of topography, soils, climate to determine whether changes in forest management systems can be made, and if so to test scenarios on ecosystem service delivery with operational and stand based forest level methods.