Resilient forests

Resilient forests are those that can absorb and adapt to disturbances such as climate change and attacks by pests and diseases. This will let them stay healthy and sustainable into the future.

The UK Forestry Standard now has measures on resilience, which all forest planners and managers are expected to follow:

 

Use an appropriate variety tree species

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Develop a range of tree ages and stand structure

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Consider the risks to your forest from extreme weather

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Take specialist advice and develop a strategy to reduce your forest's susceptibility to pests and diseases

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Your forest will have been planned and managed to enhance its resilience
(a UKFS requirement)

Guidance to implement these UKFS measures

Forest resilience as part of the forestry cycle