In February Sylva’s Director for Forestry, Paul Orsi, visited Argyll to find out how the myForest service could help an innovative group of woodlands owners (read more). Since then both Sylva Foundation and the Argyll Small Woodland Co-operative have been working hard to develop and test a new collaborative tool.
The co-operative have been collecting and inputting data on behalf of members, as well as encouraging other owners to start to use the myForest service. Understanding and documenting the forest resource has been a vital first step to collaboration. The tool, once fully developed and tested, will allow the co-operative to query woodland information across its members and therefore allow them to assess opportunities for collaborative woodland management.
myForest client import screen
The new Query Tool provides a simple suite of filters, searches and report outputs based on a range of data including species, age and size, or presence of a Felling Licence application.
myForest query tool screen
The Argyll Small Woodland Co-operative will continue to pilot this functionality on myForest over the next nine months with the plan for it to be released to other groups soon after.
If you run a similar co-operative, or would like to, please get in touch with Paul Orsi so that we can discuss how myForest could support you in future.
If you would like to join the Argyll Small Woodland Co-operative please contact Neil Donaldson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our thanks to Forestry Commission Scotland for funding this innovative project.
posted on February 16, 2016
Read more about Felling Licences on the Forestry Commission Scotland website
Last September the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) Management Planning Template was integrated into myForest. This meant that woodland owners and managers in Scotland could map, store woodland information and create a FCS-compliant management plan using online tools provided by myForest.
In a progression of our work with FCS we are pleased to announce that, as of today, woodland owners and managers are able to create Felling Licence applications through myForest. Paul Orsi, Director for Forestry at the Sylva Foundation, who will be launching the application at a meeting of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society in Stirling this evening said:
“we are delighted to continue building our relationship with FCS and improving the services that we can offer to users in Scotland. By being able to use myForest to apply for felling licences, woodland owners and managers in Scotland can now benefit from the full functionality of myForest that has been available to our 3000+ users in England for the last few years”.
Full instructions as well as ‘hints and tips’ are available throughout the system to make it user-friendly. Video guidance specifically focused on the Felling Licence Application functionality will be available shortly.
Screenshot of the new Felling Licence functionality in myForest for woodland owners and managers in Scotland
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SilviFuture coverage March 2014
SilviFuture – the network promoting novel forest species – continues to go from strength to strength. The number of records of stands of trees stands at 873 today.
Many of these records have been provided by government research agency Forest Research, supported by Forestry Commission England, Forestry Commission Scotland and Natural Resources Wales. ClimateXChange supported the collection of data in Scotland and a short promotional film (see below).
The project partners are keen that more private woodland owners share information about stands of unusual or novel forest species. Why not visit the website to learn more about the project and how you could help shape a resilient future for Britain’s forests?