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RFS urges all to take part in British Woodland Survey on Resilience
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The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has warmly welcomed today's launch of a British Woodlands Survey on Resilience, and is urging all members to take part.

RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd said: "This survey is an opportunity for all those actively involved in woodland management to help shape the support and advice that is needed around environmental

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RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd: urging all woodland owners to take part in the British Woodlands Survey 2015

change, pests and diseases. The results will inform the Government's National Adaptation Programme and it is vital that wodland owners and managers have their say."

The survey was launched by Environment Minister Rory Stewart at the CLA Game Fair in Leeds. It aims to understand progress in awareness and actions in adapting to environmental change among woodland owners and managers (including agents), tree nursery businesses, and forestry professionals. It looks at climate change, pests, pathogens, flooding, wind and fire to explore how resilient our forests are to change.

The British Woodlands Survey 2015 on Resilience is supported by a wide number of partners, including the RFS, with funding provided by the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust. It is hosted and co-ordinated by the Sylva Foundation and can be completed on line here from 31 July - 15 September.

The top level findings will be announced at a Conference, Woodland Resilience: Meeting the Challenges, being hosted by the RFS and the Woodland Trust on 1st October in Birmingham. Tickets can be booked here.

The survey was initiated when a large number of forestry, conservation and landowner organisation, including the RFS, came together to publish and launch the Climate Change Accord: a call for resilient woods, forests and trees. See our Adaptation in Action statement here.

The Accord is a call for action by all woodland owners, managers and nurseries to adapt woods to make them more resilient to the impacts of rapid environmental change. This will require changes to widely accepted and established methods of woodland management. The British Woodland Survey will establish a baseline of attitudes and actions by woodland owners and managers to this challenge.

The RFS is also a founder member of the Squirrel Accord and is sharing stand E842 at the CLA Game Fair with Remoti Systems .

Simon Lloyd added: " We will be delighted to see people at our stand where we will be promoting best practice in woodland management and providing details of how to take part in the survey there."