Forest Enterprise manages the Forest of Dean in accordance with the government's vision of sustainable development, which envisages:|
- Social progress which recognises the needs of everyone
- Effective protection of the environment
- Prudent use of natural resources
- Maintenance of high and stable levels of employment and economic growth
The management practices seek to implement the Government's English
Forestry Strategy and comply with the requirements of the UK Woodland
Forest Enterprise has accreditation from the Forestry Stewardship Council.
The strategic objectives are:
Forestry for Rural Development
Forestry for Economic Regeneration
Forestry for Recreation, Access and Tourism
Forestry for the Environment and Conservation
None of these objectives is given overriding priority in the Forest as a whole and few, if any, areas are managed without consideration of all objectives.
Balancing these activities is not without difficulties - in recent years cycling has been controversial and ongoing consultation helps to balance this type of issue.
The balance of objectives is not cast in tablets of stone and full awareness of the issues and sensitivity towards the different viewpoints is required to ensure that management addresses all the issues.