When the Independent Panel on Forest and Woods Policy was set up, the Government made the right decision in announcing that no new Forestry Commission land sales would be pushed through until the Panel had finished its work. Why was this sales moratorium the right decision? Because to sell Forestry Commission land assets before the Panel had reported would be to pre-judge the work and conclusions of the Panel.
In light of that very rational decision by the Government, I’m surprised to hear this week that around a quarter of Forestry Commission staff could be at risk in a major shake-up, which would also include a large-scale cut back in the advice the Forestry Commission gives to the public.
The moratorium should be extended to any major changes to the Forestry Commission, until after the Panel has reported. The changes now being proposed should be halted.
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