Forestry Commission plans strategy for extreme winds

Forestry Commission Scotland has formulated an interim contingency plan to help co-ordinate forestry sector efforts to tackle the after effects of extreme winds.

Severe windstorms — where wind speed exceeds 145km/h (90mph) — can cause havoc when large numbers of trees are blown over.

As soon as predicted wind speeds start reaching 145km/h the Forestry Commission's Windblow plan will be initiated. Should a catastrophic windblow event then happen, action will focus on co-ordinating efforts within the forest industry to develop a quick and efficient response and recovery strategy.

Forestry Commission head of policy Simon Hodge said: "Severe storms may become more common with ongoing climate change, however the frequency, scale and location of these events is unpredictable.

"This contingency plan will mean that the forestry sector is in a permanent state of readiness to deal with and recover from damaging storms."


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