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Manager for RSFS Monitor Woods Scheme appointed

Simon Stuart MICFor has been awarded the contract as Manager of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society’s Monitor Woods Scheme.  Simon will use his extensive forestry and environmental knowledge and facilitation skills gained during his career to date in both temperate and tropical forestry to plan, lead and execute a development strategy to promote the adoption of the Monitor Wood Scheme across Scotland’s forest sector; State, Private and Voluntary, with visits to assess and recruit suitable Monitor Woods.

Funded by Forestry Commission Scotland, the Monitor Woods Scheme and its data management programme ‘Canopy’ are designed to provide a unique research and learning resource across the forestry sector and for the wider public. The principle objective is to facilitate access to good practice in forestry and to encourage more and better managed woods to deliver an optimum range of multiple benefits for public and private good.  

Monitor Woods will address the question of ‘what are the issues and what are the options ?’  The key information about each site will accessible via Canopy, a data management programme specially developed for Monitor Woods. At each visit, the management options and the outcomes of any actions or inactions will be reviewed, discussed and captured within Canopy.  Re-visiting the sites regularly, combined with ready access to the records of previous visits and discussions will, over time, generate a unique learning and research resource. Lessons learned from current commercial conifer woodland management and the use of diverse species will be important components of the scheme.  But it will also showcase innovative approaches as well as woods with a long tradition of management.  Monitor Woods may include examples of the establishment of long-lived protection woods, the management of young native woodlands, a stand of pole stage Douglas fir, an ancient woodland, a middle-aged stand of mixed species or the conversion of neglected woodland to continuous cover.  More details can be found here

Simon will also be responsible for data management, ensuring appropriate dissemination of information and learning, through provision and maintenanceof Canopy, the scheme’s publicly accessible online data resource.

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