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Introduction The Forestry Commission is a government department, making it a public sector organisation. Its mission is 'to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment '. It is Britain's largest land manager and is responsible for some of the UK's most spectacular landscapes. Over the last 20 years it has expanded Britain's woods by an area more than three times the size of Greater London. However, that is not the whole story. The Commission's 3,000 staff also: manage forestry land owned by the government, including 15,000 miles of roads and 2,300 bridgessupport and regulate the use of privately-owned forests and woodlandsplant and renew forestsrestore landscapesdevelop open forestry spaces to provide forest walks, concert venues, bike trails and even wind farm siteshelp to protect Britain's trees from pests and diseasescontribute to wealth generation by providing jobs and selling products. For every £1,000 raised from timber and forestry, another £3,000 is generated to the UK economy from associated products and services, for example, tourism, paper and foodrepresent the UK at international forest-related talks and negotiations. The Forestry Commission has always placed operating in a 'green' manner top of its agenda. It balances four related...

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