Classify sitka plantation forestry as agriculture

Classify sitka plantation forestry as agriculture

Plantation forestry (currently primarily sitka) is a net carbon emitter, especially on peat soils, yet it is currently classed as 'woodland' in terms of land use, and the planting of new tree plantation is counted as a carbon credit by the government. This kind of land use should be reclassified as agricultural monoculture, because that is what it is. There may be a place for plantation forestry in Scotland, as the wood itself is a valuable renewable resource -- but let's not pretend plantation is the same as our actual forests, nor subsidise it as such, nor let it be done on ecologically sensitive land.


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