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Review of Environmental Impact for Short Rotation Forestry



The general objective of this study was to provide an assessment of the potential environmental impact of short rotation forestry using fast growing broadleaved trees in the UK. The recent interest for fast growing non-native species for energy generation/ biomass has raised concern on their potential impact on ecosystems. The review addressed all the environmental aspects of SRF plantations in terms of soil quality, water table balance, pest and diseases risk assessment, along with challenges related to landscape and biodiversity issues. Economics and carbon issues were also reviewed. In partnership with 4 institutions, LTS carried out the study and provided a team of specialists in forest plantation, biomass energy, carbon management, landscape and water management.

Clients:
Forestry Commission

Services:
Water, M&E, Ecosystems

Geography:
United Kingdom

Date:
2005

Keywords:
forests, biodiversity, Ecosystems, Water, M&E, monitoring, evaluation, Forestry Commission, evaluation