Improving biodiversity in Britain's state forests.

  • Allan W. Stevenson Forest Enterprise Agency, Forestry Commission, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EHI 7 AT.
Keywords: Biodiversity, forest planning, habitat, sustainable forest management.


A reflection on the development of the Forestry Commission's (FC) approach to environmental conservation and the management of biodiversity in the late 20th century and the challenges faced at the threshold of the 21st century. The demands of society have seen a marked change in the philosophy, policies and practice of state forestry over the past 20 years. This has been reflected in the terminology used by foresters - multi-purpose multi-benefit - and more recently sustainable forest management (SFM) (Higman et al. 1999). Biodiversity is now recognised as a key component of SFM. Forest Enterprise (FE) as the agency responsible for the management of the FC estate is committed to a range of measures which will improve biodiversity, involving its forest planning processes, its management of key habitats and species, protected sites and the local distinctiveness of the FC estate. Developing a partnership approach has been the key to success achieved so far. New challenges faced include developing better management tools, criteria and indicators together with seeking new resources and building a better understanding and hence appreciation of what biodiversity on the FC estate means for society and local people alike.
How to Cite
Stevenson, A. W. (2000) “Improving biodiversity in Britain’s state forests.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: (Accessed: 17June2024).
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