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Woodland Matters

As the new Wales environmental body winds a tortuous way towards its launch next April its name has been confirmed: Natural Resources Wales / Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru. The membership of its Board has also been announced.

What exactly are its duties in relation to trees woodland and forestry? Natural Resources Wales has very significant responsibilities for forestry. It will manage nearly half of all woods in Wales and will dominate both woodland conservation and the substantial commercial forest industry in Wales.

We have been involved in a bit of a debate with other organisations on whether a duty to support productive forestry should be balanced against,  or subservient to, a duty to conserve nature. We are supporting the balancing approach, which is how the existing Forestry Commission operates. We believe this properly recognises the importance of the economic value of forestry and is in keeping with the principles of sustainable development – which require equal attention…

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