The CLA has urged the Government to accept the recommendations made in the Forestry Regulation Task Force report published today (27 October) and ensure they are implemented as soon as possible to ease the burden on owners and protect valuable habitats.
The Association's forestry and woodlands adviser, Mike Seville, served on the Task Force and the CLA made a comprehensive submission on behalf of forest and woodland owners.
CLA President William Worsley said: "The CLA lobbied for a review of forestry regulation and I commend the Forestry Regulation Task Force for this report and fully support its recommendations.
"The Task Force has clearly listened to the sector and has produced a balanced suite of recommendations for regulatory change and the delivery of these. These changes will reduce the burden that red tape has on woodland owners and managers while still ensuring the protection of our most valuable woodland habitats."
Mr Worsley added: "I strongly urge the Minster to accept all the recommendations in the report and implement them as soon as possible to ensure the forestry and woodland sector will survive."
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