RFS responds to Independent Panel on Forestry’s final report

Date Issued: 04 July 2012
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Reacting to the publication of the long-awaited Final Report of the Independent Panel on Forestry, RFS President Nick Halsey said:

“The Royal Forestry Society warmly welcomes the Final Report of the Independent Panel on Forestry and congratulates the Panel on a thorough and comprehensive analysis of English forestry and for providing imaginative and practical recommendations for the future of the industry.

“The RFS is delighted that the Panel proposes an expanded continuing role for the Public Forest Estate in trusteeship for the nation, and a greatly enhanced role for Forest Services, formerly the Forest Authority arm of the Forestry Commission, as well as a substantial increase in the forest area in England from 10% to 15% by 2060.

“As an educational charity concerned with all levels of forestry learning, the RFS is pleased with the recognition that education and training will need to be at the heart of the forest industry, not only for woodland professionals and owners but also to enhance the appreciation and enjoyment of our national woodlands by all.

“The RFS looks forward to working with the forestry authorities in implementing the recommendations in the report.”