2017 ICF Wales: Making the Case for Deforestation & Afforestation
In September 2016 Natural Resources Wales published the State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR), which looked at how pressures on Wales’ natural resources are resulting in risks and threats to long-term social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being, as set out in the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
Forecasts indicate a drop in timber availability, which poses a risk to wood supply and the wider benefits that woodlands provide. This could impact on ecosystem services delivered by woodlands and on future well-being.
Two of the areas where SoNaRR has highlighted the greatest opportunities to deal with the challenges and risks identified, and contribute towards the well-being goals are:
- Increasing woodland cover, and bringing more of our existing woodlands into appropriate management.
- Utilisation of our uplands to deliver multiple benefits – wider resilience of habitats and the species that depend on them.
On 16 June 2017, the ICF Wales Regional group will visit two different sites and consider how the new legislation may help us approach the challenges involved in meeting these opportunities.
Site 1 is Tywi forest, where we will see the creation of a more natural woodland habitat, with bog cultivation and wild wood projects.
Site 2 is 72 ha with two phases of new planting implemented and grant funded (25.5 ha and 10 ha) with a further 25 ha proposed, as presented as a case study at the 2016 Wales ICF Autumn Conference
Delegates will meet at 9am at Sugar Loaf Car Park on A483 (SA20 0LP, SN 838 429) and will be transported by minibus between the sites.
Due to limited spaces, delegates must book in advance.
Both the morning and afternoon tours will involve walking for up to an hour over rugged terrain. Delegates are advised to bring appropriate footwear, waterproofs, sunscreen and a water canister. Catering will not be provided so delegates must also bring a packed lunch.
For further information, please contact Michael Cresswell, ICF Wales Regional Group Secretary
The Institute of Chartered Foresters is committed to maintaining high standards of biosecurity. Please ensure that you clean and disinfect your footwear prior to arrival and after departure to help minimise the risk of spreading plant pests and diseases. Please follow the directions of your hosts on the use of footpaths, parking and any other precautionary measures.