1156: Climate change and woodlands

This paper is taken from the Forestry Commission Research Note ‘Climate change: impacts and adaptation in England’s woodlands’ by Duncan Ray, James Morison and Mark Broadmeadow.

Year of Publication2010

Projected increases in temperature, changes in the seasonality of rainfall, and increased frequency of extreme events necessitate changes to forest management now. Tree growth will increase in some areas and decline in others, and the effects will vary with species. Some relatively less known species will become more suitable. New approaches will be required to address the threats of drought and increased risk of damage from pests, diseases, wind and fire. Uncertainties should lead to measures that increase resilience like broadening the choice of genetic material and mixing tree species in different ways and varying management and timing of operations.

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