Monday, October 25, 2010

U.K. Gov't Contemplates Selling Off Public Forests

One would think that the meager scatterings of forest that persist in Britain would be cherished and treasured as much as anything on that small island.

Apparently not. Seems the coalition government is putting together a "strategy" for unloading 150,000 hectares of public forest and other lands to developers, which would net the government a laughably unimpressive £250m at current prices.

According to one set of figures, the U.K. is home to 2.8 million hectares of forest, about 12% of the country's total area. Painstaking efforts over the past few decades have resulted in gains of forested land in Britain by 5,000 - 20,000 hectares per year.

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