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Our research is attempting to understand the effects of forests and forestry on water quality. Water draining forests is usually of high quality and many of the world’s largest cities rely on water draining forest protected areas. On the other hand, forest operations have the potential to impair water quality by increasing diffuse pollution. Our studies are investigating the effects of forest operations such as cultivation, drainage, road construction, fertilisation and harvesting on water quality. The work includes studies on surface water acidification, carbon and nitrogen cycling, peatland restoration and the benefits of woodland planting for water quality and ecology, in the riparian zone and the wider catchment.
To study the effects forests and forestry on water quality and the water environment across spatial and temporal scales.
To discover ways in which forestry and forests can contribute improvements to the water environment.
To test the efficacy of the UKFS Water Guidelines and associated guidance, and inform future revisions.
We are investigating the effects of peatland restoration by deforestation on nutrient and carbon transport to the water environment.
This Practice Guide provides advice to forest managers, practitioners, planners and supervisors, on how forest operations should be planned and managed to protect the water environment.
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