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Woodland thinning control using basal area - RFS one day training course


Date: Friday 24 September 2021

(new date - moved from 30 April)

Instructor: Mike Jones

Location:   Lowther Parish Hall, Hackthorpe, Penrith CA10 2HT (and Lowther Estate in the afternoon)

About:   This course focuses on the use of basal area to regulate thinning yields and to manipulate the standing crop. Through a combination of theory and practical sessions, the different ways of measuring basal area are explored and put into practice. Thinning exercises based on maximising timber yield or transforming even-aged plantations are a key element. This can be taken as a stand-alone course but also would work well in conjunction with the introductory “Essentials for measuring trees and woods” course.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Price: £75.00 RFS members / £85.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunch, as lunch is not provided.

About the tutor:

Mike Jones graduated in Forestry in 1982, and spent 12 years working on private estates in Yorkshire, latterly as Head Forester on Garrowby Estate near York. After gaining a teaching qualification, he went to teach forestry at Newton Rigg College, which later became part of the University of Cumbria. In 2007 he joined the Forestry Commission, firstly in Scotland, then North England,  where he was responsible for planning and surveys. During a career break from the Commission, Mike spent time as an independent consultant, advising  owners on woodland management, and auditing forestry organisations against the UKWAS certification scheme.

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