The latest news from Forest Research.
November 2015
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News from Forest Research

In this edition: Forest Gales, Red squirrels, Thinning Field Guide, British Ecological Conference thematic session, Controlled pollination of Sitka Spruce and harvesting of cones, Phytophthora global threats contract win.
Software helps calculate critical wind speeds for tree damage
A new version of software to help protect forests from wind damage has been released. The computer-based support tool ForestGALES uses site information to estimate the level of risk to trees from uprooting or stem breakage. The software will help forest managers to create more resilient woodlands, reducing the heavy economic cost of timber damage.
Controlled pollination of Sitka spruce
Our tree breeding experts have been busy this autumn harvesting Sitka spruce cones as part of a project to ensure a supply of good quality full-sibling families for use in the vegetative propagation industry. The work started with controlled pollination in spring and will be followed by seed extraction in December. Forest Research is undertaking this project as a member of the Sitka Spruce Breeding Co-operative (SSBC).
Calling all conservation biologists and landscape managers!
Forest Research is co-hosting a thematic session on the role of large-scale experimentation in applied ecology and conservation at the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting in December. The event is open to all and details of the six confirmed presentations and how to register are now available.
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Red squirrel survey
Forest Research is undertaking a survey to discover public awareness levels of squirrel conservation issues and which management methods are preferred. This forms part of the collaborative conservation project Red Squirrels United and will inform local campaigns and future management planning for squirrel conservation.
Updated Field Guide on thinning control
A Thinning Control Field Guide has just been published, providing guidance for forest managers and practitioners on the control of volume to be removed when marking a thinning and a guide to thinning yields. This is an updated version of the previous Field Book 2.
Forest Research wins contract for study into global Phytophthora threats
A new project to study the global threats from Phytophthora species has won funding from the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) Partnership Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative. The research will investigate the drivers of emergence and opportunities for mitigation through nursery best practice.
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