Report by the Forestry Regulation Task Force: government response
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
How the governement will take forward the Forestry Regulation Task Force's recommendations for reducing regulatory burden.
Ref: PB 13734 PDF, 314KB, 23 pages
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The Forestry Regulation Task Force recommended that all government departments should recognise and actively promote the benefits and value of well managed woodlands and that this should be reflected in a presumption in favour of permission for creating, establishing, protecting and sustainably managing forests.
They concluded that the government should therefore acknowledge, when enforcing regulations, that the forestry sector is compact and its members demonstrate high levels of compliance with regulations. The Task Force also proposed that in light of the National Ecosystem Assessment, the government should ensure that public policy is fully informed by the economic value of forestry.