Forestry Commission re-issues historical publications online

Out-of-print Forestry Commission technical publications are being made available again in a new, freely accessible on-line archive.

Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library
Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library

Since its establishment almost 100 years ago, the Forestry Commission has produced a large number of publications on a wide range of forestry-related subjects, creating a substantial library over the decades.

Although many of the key texts have been revised over the years, with contemporary editions available in print and/or on line, most of the older titles are now out of print.

The commission's head of corporate and forestry support Roger Coppock said: "Much of this older material is still valuable and in demand by students, researchers and professionals across the forestry and related sectors both home and abroad, but apart from a few hard copies in libraries, it is inaccessible.

"So to meet this demand for access to our out-of-print publications in a cost-effective way, we have converted all our technical publications to digital formats, and filed them in an on-line archive available to all."

About 400 titles have been digitised, and will be uploaded in batches over the coming year. The first 11 titles uploaded are Handbooks from the 1980s and 1990s, and these will be followed by Technical Papers, Journals of the Forestry Commission, Bulletins, Booklets, Field Books and Annual Reports.

The archived publications can be accessed free of charge at, by selecting "Archive" from the Category menu.

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