A Forestry Manifesto for England’s Northwest

This is a really good initiative that would double tree cover in the NW.

The presentation makes some good points about carbon sequestration, self sufficiency in timber, climate amelioration, wellbeing and the local economy.   Other issues such as soil health and fruit production would be worth looking at too.   A paper some years ago on re-establishing the great Caledonian forest in Scotland cited the example of forest-led economic development in Norway, and while our bioregion is very different, some of this analysis is, nevertheless relevant, and in  a post-hydrocarbon world (time-scale for the manifesto is one generation, but changes will happen faster), there will be a need to rebuild the natural economy that is the basis for lasting human wellbeing – forest restoration is one part of this.

see the manifesto here and the slide show here.

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