The Forestry Commission generally requires a Forest Plan for commercial conifer forests prior to significant felling works. In the preparation of Long Term Forest Plans, the forest management client generally goes through the scoping process with consultees and provides background information for the forest. This can include digital base maps (and shapefiles) or paper maps for the forest, relevant survey information, and draft economic optimum felling ideas and restocking concepts.
Projects generally require a site visit for photography and familiarisation. AGFD then reviews the proposals, appraising their visual impact with three dimensional models, and liaises with the client in working up felling and restocking designs, to produce agreed final designs, and in the preparation of the following outputs:
Design Concept / Opportunities and Constraints Plan
Felling Design Plan
Restocking Design Plan
These designs are supported by Computer Generated Illustrations from a number of agreed key viewpoints. These illustrations are annotated to demonstrate landscape characteristics and to highlight elements of the felling and restocking design.
Outputs are generally digital PDF's, and felling and restocking designs are usually produced as shapefiles for imputing into the clients GIS database.