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This is Confor's regular November e-news to keep you informed before our members receive the next Forestry and Timber News in December.
Welcome to new members:
Brodies LLP, MidlothianBrook Forestry Ltd, AberdeenshireForestry Commission England, BristolR & N Plant Specialists, WarwickshireRJ Woodland Services, Co TyroneThe Elms Estate, DevonTruncator, CumbriaJames Broom, SuffolkTerence Holland, DevonJens Christian Jenson, MidlothianAlexander Kearns, BristolEdward Pyne, SomersetAlastair Allan Willison, North Yorkshire
The area of certified forest in the UK has declined, and increasing number of woodland owners are saying that they will not renew, leaving some mills concerned about sourcing sufficient supply. FSC is making continuing changes, introducing new costs and raising fees significantly. Confor will be working to develop a radical proposal to simplify small woods certification in the UK and presenting this to FSC in the new year. http://www.confor.org.uk/NewsAndEvents/Default.aspx?pid=1505
Confor welcomed a recent announcement by Scotland's forestry minister, Paul Wheelhouse, of additional support in the form of a replanting supplement of up to £1000 per hectare for larch sites which have had to, or will be, felled following P ramorum infection. http://www.confor.org.uk/NewsAndEvents/News.aspx?pid=23&id=2574
Confor was delighted to welcome the revised remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, which came into force on 01 October 2013, broadly excluding forestry. There are, however, two important caveats to note. http://www.confor.org.uk/NewsAndEvents/News.aspx?pid=23&id=2571
December's closure of EWGS will herald a transition period until the next round starts. Most grants will continue, but woodland creation will not. Confor has written to the minister. Caroline has represented members in stakeholder events, as the programme relating to forestry is developed. Members' comments are sought on a vitally important consultation affecting all future support for land management in England for the next seven years. http://www.confor.org.uk/NewsAndEvents/Default.aspx?pid=1506
A position of up to 50 days a year, based in Bristol with regular presence in Edinburgh. " The new Chairman will lead the Forestry Commission through a period of potentially unprecedented reform, with the need to implement continuing efficiencies and work with many interested parties", says FC. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/AllByUNID/E26B9B68C5B5E41380257C19003C0792
Members can sign up for a more detailed and frequent plant health enews update. Email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.confor.org.uk/NewsAndEvents/Default.aspx?pid=1507
New measures, concerning Platanus (Plane), Castanea (Sweet chestnut) and Pinus (Pine) to take effect on 11 November 2013. http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/documents/planeSweetChestTrade.pdf
Defra has expanded the scope of the Chalara Core Group to cover other areas of tree health policy. Its new role will be to provide policy advice to ministers on:
The Law Commission has been reviewing wildlife law (Confor submitted to the consultation) and recently set out its proposed principles for a new regulatory regime for wildlife.
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