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Low impact silvicultural systems such as continuous cover forestry will help to maintain shade and shelter within woodland habitats. High quality timber from productive woodlands, such as this Douglas-fir in Gywdr forest, can be achieved by selecting species well suited to sites and climatic conditions in future decades.
A ‘no-regrets’ policy should seek to incorporate more species in stands and woodland blocks, to spread the risk of climate change impacts, and reduce the likelihood of severe damage to woodland habitat. Suitable provenances of native species have a role to play in climate change adaptation management.
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