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Plan spells out forests strategy
Thetford Forest
Thetford Forest is included in the 20-year plan for 75,000 acres
The future of thousands of acres of forest land in eastern England has been set out in a new plan.

It sets out how the Forestry Commission land, including Thetford Forest, will be maintained and enhanced for everyone who lives, works or visits the forests.

The East of England Regional Strategic scheme for the next 20 years, produced by Forest Enterprise, covers almost 75,000 acres (30,000 hectares).

Short-term achievements are to be monitored in yearly reviews.

The land we manage is of national importance and our responsibility is to maintain and enhance this resource
Jim Lyon, manager of the East Anglia Forest District

Targets include working with landowners in the Dunwich area of Suffolk to introduce more indigenous broadleaf species to the Blythe-Alde Wood and improvement of habitats for ground-nesting birds in Thetford.

Jim Lyon, manager of the East Anglia Forest District, said: "The land we manage is of national importance and our responsibility is to maintain and enhance this resource.

"This strategic plan sets out our direction for the foreseeable future."

He said the plan was targeting improvements in the areas of economic development, social progress and environmental enhancement.

The plan has been produced in response the Regional Woodland Strategy.




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