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is the research agency
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of the Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission is a non-ministerial government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. Its mission is to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment....
, a government department in the United Kingdom
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. Its core roles are to provide the evidence base for UK forestry
Forestry is the interdisciplinary profession embracing the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, and conserving forests and associated resources in a sustainable manner to meet desired goals, needs, and values for human benefit. Forestry is practiced in plantations and natural stands...
practices and to support innovation. It has research and office facilities within Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham in Surrey.