Forestry Commission Wales forest district manager Neil Stoddart said: "Whilst clear-fell
and restock forest practice is an effective and established approach in forestry in the British Isles, the trial in Cwm Berwyn aims to demonstrate the opportunities and benefits of CCF, and to share the challenges met and lessons learnt along the way."
DURING the last few weeks laminated notices have been put in the Newborough forest car parks, to inform the general public about what the Countryside Council for Wales have in store for us with their ill-conceived plan to clear-fell
at least 40% of this beautiful forest, which lies in an outstanding and unique area much loved by locals and visitors.
THE National Forest Policy states as one of its broad goals `the management of the permanent forest estate in an ecologically sustainable manner so as to conserve the full suite of values, including biological diversity.' Does clear-fell
harvesting - the usual forestry system employed in many forest types in south-east Australia - meet this goal?
``This means that clear-fell
will always have its place as a system of forest management.
The Commission wanted to clear-fell
an area of conifers on its land but,because a fence had disappeared,ended up clear-felling a neighbouring landowner's plantation instead.
Restoration grants are aimed at replanting clear-felled
larch woods infected by ramorum.
There's no point funding the protection of the forest in one valley when the adjoining valley is all clear-felled