Presentation – Resilient Forests: What are they? How do we Achieve them? Is our Knowledge Base Good Enough?


Gary Kerr
Principal Silviculturist
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham


Dr. Gary Kerr is Principal Silviculturist in Forest Research. He has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journal, 16 Forestry Commission publications and over 50 articles in professional publications communicating the results of his research. For about the past ten years Gary’s work has focussed on alternative approaches to management and continuous cover silviculture. Gary also holds two significant posts that supplement his research activities. First, he is Editor-in-Chief of Forestry: An international Journal of forest research, published by Oxford University Press. Second, he is co-ordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s Research Group 1.05.00 on uneven-aged silviculture.

Synopsis of Presentation:

The presentation explains the concept of resilience and examines ways in which it can be achieved by forestry practice in Britain. In addition, it questions whether our present understanding of the main building blocks of resilience has a sound knowledge base and, if not, what can be done to rectify this situation.

Conference Resource:

Websites and References:

  1. Kerr, G. (2008) Managing Continuous Cover Forests. Forestry Commission Operational Guidance Booklet 7, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.
  2. Harmer, R. and Kerr, G. (2013) Using canopy cover to control vegetation in continuous cover forestry. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 107(2):113-121.
  3. Kerr, G. and Haufe, J. (2011) Thinning Practice: A Silvicultural Guide. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.
  4. Poore, A. and Kerr, G. (2009) Continuous Cover Silviculture at the Stourhead (Western) Estate, Wiltshire, UK. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 103:23-30.
  5. Davies, O. and Kerr, G. (2011) Costs and Revenues of Transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry. Report to the Forestry Commission by Forest Research. Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham, Surrey, England.