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Red Squirrels United

Red Squirrels United brings together partners from across the UK to deliver red squirrel conservation. As part of this effort, Forest Research is undertaking a public attitudinal survey to understand levels of awareness of squirrel conservation issues and attitudes towards management methods.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Biodiversity and rotation length

Investigate how to incorporate biodiversity into an optimal rotation length model through literature review and data re-analysis of biodiversity links with stand age.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
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Future Proofing Plant Health

The Future Proofing Plant Health project aims to provide evidence for the implementation of the GB Plant Biosecurity Strategy. It will focus on strategic areas related to new and emerging pests and diseases (prevention, detection, control, resilience), as well as identifying priority pests, diseases and pathways.

Status: Current

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  • Socio economic research
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Spruce aphid Elatobium abietinum

The project is analysing data on spruce aphid populations from forests managed using different silvicultural systems, to determine whether increasing the structural diversity of forest stands leads to a lower incidence of the pest and a reduction in damage.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Testing a range of ash species for tolerance to Chalara

Testing for tolerance to Chalara ash die-back across various ash species.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Living Ash Project (LAP)

Natural tolerance to Chalara ash die-back and tissue culture of selected ash trees

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Regeneration and sustainable silviculture

Adapting forest regeneration to increase resilience to climate change and biotic threats, whilst maintaining productivity.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
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Technical Development – Woodland Operations

Technical Development’s Woodland Operations Programme develops, evaluates and promotes safe and efficient equipment and methods into forestry establishment and maintenance, integrated forest management, environmental management, harvesting and transport and woodfuel

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
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The breeding of conifer species

Improving the economic value of conifer planting stock through breeding and selection.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Genetics
  • Tree breeding
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Behaviour of private land owners and managers

Research into private landowner decision-making, culture and their attitudes towards forestry.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research