Logging the impact on timber

Peck, Frank (2018) Logging the impact on timber. In Cumbria Magazine, 2018 (May). pp. 52-53.

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Abstract

In his monthly column, Professor Frank Peck of the University of Cumbria’s Centre for Regional Economic Development will tackle the burning issue of Brexit. This month, he focuses on how leaving the EU could effect the thousands of Cumbrians working in the timber industry.

Timber haulage - a common sight on Cumbrian roads. But where does it all come from… and where is it going? The fact is, timber haulage is a visible part of commercial enterprise that plays a major role in rural areas of the North of England. The forestry and timber industry also has considerable reach, not only in providing employment in rural communities, but also through its links to other sectors including agriculture, manufacture of wood and paper products as well as recreation and tourism. According to Cumbria Woodlands, just under 10 per cent of land in Cumbria is covered by woodland (61,671 ha). A significant proportion of this is under public ownership (28 per cent) and managed by the Forestry Commission (including Grizedale and Whinlatter forests). The rest is owned and managed by a wide range of private owners that include, for instance, the National Trust (Tarn Hows) and Center Parcs (Whinfell Forest). Some forested areas clearly have “commercial” objectives, but many woodlands are protected and important for the environment and natural habitats and most are viewed as assets to be used in promoting recreation and tourism.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: In Cumbria Magazine
Publisher: CN Group
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 06:00
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3823

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