The CCFG Committee have taken the decision to postpone our field visits until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This decision will have an immediate effect on the forthcoming England field visit to Kyloe which had been arranged to take place in May and will now be postponed until further notice.

We are still planning the field visits in the Autumn and will update you all in due course as the situation becomes clearer.

Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex—meaning the arrangement of vegetation is highly varied—sequester more carbon, according to a new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. The study demonstrates for the first time that a forest’s structural complexity is a better predictor of carbon sequestration potential than tree species diversity. The discovery may hold implications for the mitigation of climate change. Read the article in full here.

Several Bangor University students recently attended the CCFG Foreign Study Tour to Italy. In advance of a detailed report coming soon in our newsletter, Bangor University have published a short news item.

The RSFS Monitor Woods Scheme and its data management programme ‘Canopy’ are designed to provide a unique research and learning resource across the forestry sector and for the wider public. The principle objective is to facilitate access to good practice in forestry and to encourage more and better managed woods to deliver an optimum range of multiple benefits for public and private good.

Simon will use his extensive forestry and environmental knowledge and facilitation skills gained during his career to date in both temperate and tropical forestry to plan, lead and execute a development strategy to promote the adoption of the Monitor Wood Scheme across Scotland’s forest sector; State, Private and Voluntary, with visits to assess and recruit suitable Monitor Woods.

Simon will also be responsible for data management, ensuring appropriate dissemination of information and learning, through provision and maintenance of Canopy, the scheme’s publicly accessible online data resource.

More information about the Monitor Woods Sceme will be appearing on the societies website www.RSFS.org.uk.
Simon can be contacted at monitorwoods@rsfs.org.uk.

In order to continually improve the benefits of membership to the CCFG, committee member Chris Andrews has prepared a very useful map tool which allows you to visually see on a map all of CCFG’s past field visits. Our members have the option of logging in from this page to be taken directly to the reports available for those visits too. You can find the tool on our Events page.

This bibliography produced by Sam B. Manning and James D. Walmsley was published in August 2018 and builds on from Sharon Rodhouse and Edward R. Wilson’s two previous bibliographies published in 2006 and 2010 respectively, which compiled research published in the subject area of CCF. It features a selection of peer reviewed research papers, reviews and text books published between January 2011 and May 2018, authored by academics and forest professionals from across the world. This publication is freely available to CCFG members in the members area of the website. 

A new research paper by Arne Pommerening et al, has grown out of a master thesis which consisted of a meta analysis of 36 marteloscope experiments all over Britain. The research found that agreement in tree marking is much lower than in comparable experiments in medicine and particularly low, when new management practices, such as crown thinning, are introduced. You can read the full paper here.