Climate Change Adaptation of Forests, Woods and Trees in England: Session 4 – Decision Support ToolsBook now
Featuring in-depth content developed and presented by expert members of the Forestry and Climate Change Working Group (FCCWG), this informative series of events will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the principles for adapting trees and woodlands to climate change, information on which silvicultural systems are best suited to managing species mixes, and also offer advice on how to select species to meet management objectives.
Four events will be held throughout October, with a diverse range of content being delivered through a mix of presentations, case studies and panel discussions. These sessions were developed following the publication of the Forestry Commission’s Managing England’s Woodlands in a Climate Emergency with a view to providing more guidance to the sector.
These free online sessions will be proudly hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
Session 4: Decision Support Tools
28th October 2020 – 11am
Chaired by Sam Brown MICFor, this session will provide attendees with information on the use and limitations of current decision support tools for adaptation. A Q&A session will follow the main presentation.
Alastair Semple, Planning Forester at the Forestry Commission
Emily Fensom, Woodland Resilience Officer at the Forestry Commission
Chris Sorensen, Woodland Resilience Officer at Forestry Commission
Sam Brown MICFor graduated from Bangor University with a BSc in Forestry and was soon employed as a Forest Manager at Tilhill. He manages a diverse portfolio of client-owned properties across mid and north Wales including productive conifer plantations, new planting sites and small native woodlands. He particularly enjoys the new challenge of constructing forest roads and seeing new planting schemes through the planning stage.
Alastair Semple has been working in forestry for 36 years, spending the first 12 years as a forest worker in the northeast of England on private estates, local authority and as a self-employed forestry contractor. For the last 18 years he has enjoyed a diverse role as a planning forester writing landscape scale plans which sets out their vision for the forest over the next 50 years. As part of his planning he uses the latest climate based modelling tools built by Forest Research to help give the foresters a guide when using the ESC tools to predict future species suitability based on management objectives, crop rotation or target diameters for specific markets.
Emily Fensom joined the Forestry Commission’s Policy Advice Team earlier this year from the Higher Education sector and has a background in Plant Health. She worked in the FC’s Tree Health team for a number of years after beginning her career with Scottish Forestry as an assistant Tree Health Officer. Emily has an active interest in raising awareness of the threats to UK trees. Key areas of work include delivery of training events, creation of guidance for the sector and engagement with research and citizen science projects.
Chris Sorenson works as a Resilience Officer for the Forestry Commission and his remit is to improve the general resilience of woodlands in the face of climate change and the general increase in pests and diseases seen in the last 20 years. Particular interests include the use of “alternative” species to increase the diversity of woodlands, the use of mixtures with a view to improving general forest health and more naturalistic silviculture such as continuous cover forestry. He has worked for the Forestry Commission for 20 years in various roles in both Forestry England and Forest Services.
The Forestry Climate Change Working Group is comprised of several leading forestry organisations, including CLA, CONFOR, Defra, the Forestry Commission, Forest Research, the Future Trees Trust, the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Lockhart-Garratt, Natural England, the National Trust, Pryor and Rickett, the Royal Forestry Society, the Sylva Foundation, Tilhill, the Tree Council, Woodland Heritageand the Woodland Trust. It was created to drive forward closer relationships with government in terms of policy, forestry strategy, regulation, science and innovation.
You can read the FCCWG’s Forestry Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report on the Institute of Chartered Forester’s website: