Friday, 15 September 2017
Help shape the future of forestry
The British Woodlands Survey 2017 was launched in July. Since then researchers have received responses from some 1,100 stakeholders across Britain, responsible for caring for more than 100,000 ha. Whilst this is encouraging the researchers remain hopeful that they may still receive more input from across the sector.
The influence of the survey has grown year-on-year, and in 2017 there is unprecedented interest from policy makers in government, together with decision makers in other organisations. The research community is also primed to respond to the outcomes of the survey, in both the social and physical sciences. All of us are aware of the high number of factors—political, social and physical—influencing forestry, which together are likely to have a very significant impact on all of us responsible for our trees and woodlands.
For these reasons it is vital that there a good response from the sector, including woodland owners, managers, professional agents, and businesses. The stronger the response from stakeholders, the more influential the outcomes of the research.
FSC UK has commissioned a series of questions in BWS2017 to explore what motivates woodland owners and managers to seek FSC forest management certification, and to gather information on the most important barriers to certification.
If you haven’t yet taken part please consider doing so – the survey is open until end September.