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Matching species to site and future conditions

Tree species are the basic building blocks that form any forest or woodland. If a species is weakened by the impacts of climate change, this could change the composition of the woodland and affect the organisms that live there. Wise species choices can help forests adapt to the changing climate, while poor choices can place them at risk. Key factors to consider when choosing tree species for a new or existing woodland are given in this factsheet.

About the series

Aimed at practitioners, the factsheets showcase the breadth of research carried out by Forest Research, sometimes over decades, into how trees and forests are facing the challenges of climate change, and actionable insights into how trees and woodlands can help mitigate the effects of climate change.

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