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Forestry and Forest Industry News from the United Kingdom

.... most recent Forestry and Forest Industry News from the United Kingdom: England (East Midlands, East of England, Greater London, North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber), Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone), Scotland (Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, City of Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian), Wales (Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, Wrexham) and around the world.

"Midlothian Forestry Jobs In Jeopardy"

Feb. 10, 2011; Midlothian Advertiser: "Thirty specialist jobs at a Forestry Commission site in Midlothian are under threat.

Last week it was revealed that an estimated 450 jobs could be lost at the agency across the United Kingdom.

The commission’s Northern Research Station, based near Roslin for more than 40 years, could also be hit as the government looks to cut between 50 and 70 research jobs across the country." Read more... . external_link

"The Forest Sell-Off Is Not Radical Enough: The Forestry Commission Benefits Neither The Environment Nor The Public. It's A Shame It's Only English Forestry Being Shaken Up"

Feb. 10, 2011; The Guardian: "COMMENT -- It is either ignorance or malice that has motivated the fuss over the government's forestry plans. The publicly outraged celebrities seem to know nothing about forestry, nor understand what is proposed. Perhaps they, and many others, are simply being gulled by spinmeisters who want to attack the coalition and prevent any diminution of the state.

But these are pussycat proposals. They do not threaten the UK's broadleaf forests at all, and they are nothing like radical enough. The present system fails the public and the taxpayer on all counts. It's time it went.

When people think of forests, they think of the heritage woodlands and open parklands of oak, birch and ash. In fact, such woods comprise just 8% of the Forestry Commission's land." Read more... . external_link

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"£28 Million Profit Selling Scotland's Public Forests"

Feb. 09, 2011; The Telegraph: "Tens of thousands of acres of Scotland’s forests have been sold to private buyers “by stealth” since the SNP took power four years ago, it has emerged.

Scottish ministers have generated millions of pounds for the public purse by selling off about 44,000 acres of forest since 2007, despite insisting they are opposed to privatisation.

They have bought only 18,000 acres over the same period, meaning there has been a net reduction of 26,000 acres of publicly-owned woodland since Alex Salmond became First Minister." Read more... . external_link

"National Trust Concern Over Forest Sale Plans: Government Proposals To Sell Off Publicly-Owned Forests Have Raised Concerns With A Conservation Group"

Feb. 09, 2011; BBC News: "A consultation has been launched over the plans for 258,000 hectares of Forestry Commission land in England.

The National Trust said the policy had "lots of holes" and feared that central funding for organisations taking over the woodland could eventually dry up.

Ministers have outlined options for the future ownership of the public forest estate over the next 10 years." Read more... . external_link

"Plant Celebrates Its Third Birthday"

Feb. 09, 2011; News Wales: "A One Wales project which sees a tree planted for the birth or adoption of every child in Wales is celebrating its third year today.

Since the launch of the Plant! scheme in 2008, more than 100,000 trees have been planted, creating three young woodlands in separate locations across Wales.The scheme, developed by the Welsh Assembly Government in partnership with the Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission Wales aims to generate woodland sites that will help to create a Welsh National Forest.

The woodlands will help in the fight against climate change and flooding, will help build links between children and the environment, create recreational space for local communities, as well as provide timber for building and fuel." Read more... . external_link

"The 'Big Society' Won't Be Able To Pay For England's Forests. And Here's Why"

Feb. 09, 2011; The Telegraph: "As tends to be his wont, the Devil is skulking about in the detail of the Government’s plans to privatise England’s forests. One hitherto unnoticed detail seems fatally to undermine one of the ministers’ most important proposals.

In many ways, the most attractive part of the plans is a suggestion that communities should be encouraged to buy or lease treasured local forests. This has proved particularly attractive to David Cameron as it seems, on the face of it, to help realise his vision of the Big Society. It is said to be the main reason he still supports the plans in the face of huge public opposition.

But under examination, the proposal has begun to look distinctly less attractive. For a start the communities are only to be given first refusal on the forests before they are put on the open market. Then it became clear that they would have to pay market rates – some £2,500-£3,500 a hectare for them – a steep bill for even a relatively small wood of some 40 hectares. It also transpired under questioning that officials in the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had no idea how much of England’s woodlands might pass to communities in this way. They guessed hopefully at 8 per cent, but other authoritative estimates put it at only 3 per cent." Read more... . external_link

"Lost In The Woods: The Tories' Forest Sell-off Isn't All Bad But Pits Them Against An Impassioned Middle England"

Feb. 08, 2011; The Daily Mail: "DEBATE -- Woodman, spare that tree!’ demanded the poet George Pope Morris almost two centuries ago. ‘Touch not a single bough! / In youth it sheltered me / And I’ll protect it now.’ And so today say 300,000 people who have signed a petition against the Government’s proposed lease and sell-off of most of England’s 638,000 acres of state-owned forests.

The Woodland Trust says it has no faith in ministers’ promises that the forests will be protected from commercial vandalism.

Among a host of celebrity protesters headed by actress Dame Judi Dench, the Archbishop of Canterbury and singer Annie Lennox, one woman cries in anguish: ‘The forest sale is not only flawed environmentally; it breaks the sacred link we have with our land.’" Read more... . external_link

"England's National Parks Hit By 28 Per Cent Cuts"

Dec. 20, 2010; Grough: "England’s national park bosses were left reeling today after being told they face budget cuts of more than 28 per cent over the next four years.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs told national park authorities they will receive 21.5 per cent less cash over the next four years which, when inflation is taken into account, represents a 28.5 per cent cut.

The cuts are part of wide-ranging coalition Government public-sector reductions which it says are necessary to tackle the UK’s fiscal deficit." Read more... . external_link

"London Assembly Sounds Fire Alarm Over Timber-framed And Tall Buildings - The Government Should Bring Forward Its Planned Review Of Fire Regulations Because Of A “Crisis In Confidence” In Timber-framed Buildings"

Dec. 20, 2010; The Construction Index: "That is the call from the London Assembly, whose planning and housing committee says the government should not wait until 2012 to begin its review because there is already a significant level of concern within the industry about the safety of timber-framed sites, it says.

The committee’s report also calls for improvements to the way fire risks are managed in tall residential buildings, claiming that one in five fire risk assessments in London is inadequate.

Policy priorities demanding new homes at higher densities and the use of low-carbon materials like sustainably sourced timber are driving an increase in the numbers of both tall and timber-framed residential building in London, which prompted the committee’s investigation." Read more... . external_link

"Sawmill Worker Suffers Serious Personal Injury in Work Accident"

Dec. 20, 2010; Injuries Direct: "A sawmill worker, suffered serious personal injury when his leg became trapped in a machine he was trying to unblock.

An investigation by the Governments Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the machine the man was working on, known as a drop sorter was used to process logs into planks but regularly became jammed.

While attempting to remove one of these jams the worker had climbed onto the machines conveyor belt and had tried kicking the two planks causing the jam, this did remove the blockage but unfortunately because the machine had not been turned off, it re-started immediately after the jam was removed." Read more... . external_link

"Free Trees Scheme Extended As Farmers Rush To Branch Out"

Dec. 19, 2010; Herald Scotland: "Forestry Commission Scotland is preparing to play Santa Claus to cash-strapped farmers this Christmas with a move to extend a deal which offers them a virtually risk-free punt on the buoyant timber market.

Applications to join a pilot scheme involving free tree planting together with annual cash payments from the commision (FCS) were due to close at the start of this month but director Bob McIntosh says it is now being held open to cope with higher-than-expected demand.

'We were initially looking for some 400 hectares of new tree-planting under the land leasing scheme but we have already received expressions of interest from owners of more than 500 hectares and it is likely that the scheme will be expanded and extended when we carry out a review in March,' he said." Read more... . external_link

"Northern Ireland Biosecurity: Clearing Infected Forests"

Dec. 16, 2010; BBC News: "Following the discovery of P. ramorum, popularly known as Sudden Oak Death, at Glenariff Forest Park in County Antrim, the Northern Ireland Forest Service has begun implementing its biosecurity procedures to prevent the infection spreading.

The disease was discovered in several Japanese larch trees in the park following an aerial survey of Northern Ireland forests.

It is the seventh location where the disease has been discovered in Northern Ireland." Read more... . external_link

"Killer Disease Found In Another Northern Ireland Forest"

Dec. 15, 2010; BBC News: "A deadly tree disease has been found in Glenariff Forest Park in County Antrim.

The Northern Ireland Forestry Service confirmed P. ramorum, popularly known as Sudden Oak Death, was discovered in several Japanese larch trees.

It is the seventh location where the disease has been discovered in Northern Ireland." Read more... . external_link

"Forest Privatisation A 'Slippery Slope', Say Greens"

Dec. 13, 2010; Ekklesia: "The Green Party has issued a fresh warning about the perils of privatising UK national forests, following concerns expressed by conservation groups.

Speaking on the BBC’s Politics Show, deputy leader Adrian Ramsay commented: “There is a real danger there will be a slippery slope if our forests are sold off. Even if we see the actual forests maintained themselves, will there be proper maintenance of the signs, the visitor centres or the tracks? Will they be commercially used for biomass production, for example?"

Ramsay continued: “The RSPB has highlighted that if [the forests are] owned by lots of different owners, then will they be able to be used for wildlife in quite the same ways that they are at the moment? There is a real concern here.”" Read more... . external_link

"Forest 'Threat' To Red Squirrel"

Dec. 13, 2010; BBC News: "A red squirrel expert warns some of the mammals could die as a result of a 50-year management plan at Newborough forest on Anglesey.

Dr Craig Shuttleworth said the squirrels will not have enough room if wooded areas are completely cleared.

The Countryside Council for Wales, and Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) said the work is essential to protect the Special Area of Conservation (SAC)." Read more... . external_link

"GPs Urged To Prescribe Wales Forest Walk Remedy"

Dec. 13, 2010; BBC News: "People with health problems could be prescribed a woodland walk by their GP under proposals by the Forestry Commission.

Doctors are being urged by the commission to use its "natural health service" as a remedy for a range of conditions from obesity to stress.

Forestry chiefs claimed a woodland walk was a better form of exercise than sending people to the gym." Read more... . external_link

"Scotland Sinks Cash Into Green Projects"

Dec. 07, 2010; UPI.com: "The Scottish government has more than $49 million set aside for forestry projects that will help protect the country's biodiversity, the environment secretary said.

Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said the government approved a plan to protect forests and wildlife as part of a broad-reaching rural plan." Read more... . external_link

"US Embassy Cables: US Lobbied Rajendra Pachauri To Help Them Block Appointment Of Iranian Scientist"

Dec. 06, 2010; The Guardian: "Summary - In 2008, the US government was desperate to block the election of a well-qualified Iranian climate scientist to a senior post in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, alongside a US scientist.

Here, US diplomats reveal they are "working actively to prevent the election" of the Iranian Dr Mostafa Jafari, and that they lobbied Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC chair, to help them." Read more... . external_link

Forestry and Forest Industry News from the United Kingdom

.... most recent Forestry and Forest Industry News from the United Kingdom: England (East Midlands, East of England, Greater London, North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber), Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone), Scotland (Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, City of Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian), Wales (Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, Wrexham) and around the world.

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