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RFS/RASE conference "Valuing trees and woodlands"

Date Issued: 02 March 2012

 

Experts from across the forestry and woodlands industry will be speaking at a one-day conference organised by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) to look at new ways of valuing the UK’s woodlands and forests.

The NDG James Memorial Event at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on 23 April 2012 will also examine how the new valuations might generate benefits for owners, managers, society and the woodlands themselves.

RFS Chief Executive Dr John Jackson said: “A raft of substantive, thought-provoking and far-reaching reports have appeared recently on how we value the UK’s woodlands and forests. This event will appeal to a wide variety of people whose lives deal with trees, including owners, managers, financiers, ecologists, landscapers and from both the private, state and NGO sectors.”

The conference will cover:

  • Traditional valuations of woodlands and timber
  • Putting a price tag on ecosystem services, such as biodiversity
  • Woodfuel – do the figures stack up
  • Flood alleviation
  • Recreation and landscape
  • The concept of “natural capital”
  • Carbon trading and forestry bonds
  • Is forest investment a safe bet?

Speakers include specialists from the Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, National Forest Co, Forest Carbon, Arboricultural Association, Cleggs, Savills and the RFS. Short case studies will be provided by a range of practitioners.

FC Chair, Pam Warhurst, will lead the Plenary.

For full details and to book your place, visit the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) website atwww.rase.org.uk/events/conferences/index.asp or phone the RASE events team: 02476 858 252.

Spencer Bursaries are available to RFS student members towards the costs of attending. Contact: 01442 822028; rfshq@rfs.org.uk. The closing date for bursary applications is Tuesday 3 April.