Page 1: Introduction
The Forestry Commission has a huge responsibility. It cares for 827,000 hectares of sustainably-managed woods and forests and plants more than 17 million trees a year. Its mission is: 'to protect and expand Britain”s forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment.'
The Forestry Commission is a government department which employs over 3,000 workers across Britain. Its goal is to ensure that Britain can use its forests to contribute positively to as many of the nation's needs as possible, both now and in the future.
To do this, it works with a range of partners such as landowners, local authorities, communities and national businesses. Its responsibilities cover timber production, research, recreation, education and managing the national forest estates. All of this is done as sustainably as possible without affecting the future use of resources.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Britain's trees and forests have an important contribution to make in addressing climate change. There are two ways to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere:
- Reduce the amount we produce
- Develop ways to capture and store the emissions we cannot avoid.
Trees have the unique ability to do both.
This case study shows how the important roles played by people who work for the Commission are structured. It outlines how this structure helps the Forestry Commission in its vital role in protecting Britain's forests.