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The EMIS decision support system provides guidance for forest managers by matching species to site factors and by highlighting the most appropriate silvicultural establishment strategies.

EMIS helps to integrate advice on factors which influence establishment, such as nutrition and weed control, in order to achieve satisfactory planting density, especially on sites on a second rotation.


Mike Perks

About EMIS

The effect of many individual factors upon establishment success are reasonably well understood (e.g. nutrition, weed control) but the interactions between such factors have only been studied to a limited degree. Recent surveys continue to indicate a widespread failure to achieve satisfactory planting density, particularly on second rotation restock sites.

We are currently researching these concerns and have developed the EMIS – DSS to help integrate forest management establishment decisions.

Continued research is aimed at developing predictive models of tree establishment and growth for the UK, which will ultimately to allow ‘life-cycle’ cost-benefit analysis of establishment practices. For more information about ongoing research please see the Integrated establishment systems for the uplands.

Technical support for EMIS

For technical support and enquiries relating to EMIS-DSS, please email:


EMIS training courses are now being run when there is sufficient demand.

For dates and costs, contact Forestry Training Services.

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