Forestry and Climate Change
The RFS has adopted a five-point plan on climate change.
We must not wait to act on climate change until current rural land support mechanisms transition from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) and its equivalents in the devolved administrations in 2025.
Much can be done before 2025 to ensure there is a more supportive environment for woodland creation, that land managers are given greater flexibility on species choice on restock sites and forest soils are better protected. Governments must translate its intention to take urgent action into practical measures that private woodland owners can work with.