Open Association of Landscape Industries
A group for Arboriculturists, Silviculturists and anyone interested in Trees and Woodland Management.
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Started by Phil Voice Dec 18, 2012.
Started by Phil Voice. Last reply by Helen Nock Dec 17, 2012.
Started by Phil Voice Dec 6, 2012.
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This is invaluable for anyone working with trees, includes a guide to Visual Tree Assesment (VTA):
The importance of 'Mother Trees' in fungi / tree root / forest ecosystems explained really well - http://blip.tv/the-university-of-british-columbia/do-trees-communic...
I have had a look at the Scots Land strategy summary, and yes they seem to be heading in a better direction than the English, once again (thinking of students fees and old peoples provision here).
I have been striving (slow progress) as a coppiceman to develope coppicing as a viable wood production system, that is a proven sustainable, beneficial woodland management system. It is still in the realms of 'quaint' rural crafts, with many coppice workers scratching a living at best. I believe that where coppicing is a viable management option for a woodland, it needs to be profitable, as well, to ensure the woodlands long term future. There needs to also be a whole wood approach in designing the coppice system.
The time is right for a coppice resurgence - There is the FC woodfuel initiative, and numerous sources of grants to aid this development WIG's, WAG's, LEADER, Rural Development, Heritage Crafts, etc...
Yet with all this grant aid, the message from above shows a distinct lack of real committment to improving and preserving our woodlands.
If sold off investors will sit on their valuable assets and/or use the grant system to add value to their aquisition, and if NGO's are in charge work will tend to be volunteer led and piecemeal - Rural skills will decline further. The forests will suffer
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Hunter S. Thompson
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