Natural Capital Synthesis Report Project - Richard Payne

Richard Payne, University of York

Natural capital trade‐offs in forested peatlands 

Project summary

Between the 1940s and the 1980s large areas of open peatlands were planted with non-native conifers. With many plantations reaching harvesting age pressing questions concern what should be done with them now. Options include further commercial forestry, restoring them to open bog and middle-way options which attempt to retain trees on peat without the expectation of a commercial timber yield. Key to these decisions are trade-offs between economic capital and alternative forms of natural capital. This project aims to synthesise evidence needed for decision-making and identify key outstanding research questions.

Photograph by George Dey, presented by permission from the University of Aberdeen and courtesy of Norman Davidson and 


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