The end of coppicing also marked the beginning of the end for many species in Europe. Managed forest provided habitats for a wide range of invertebrate, small mammal and plant species that cannot survive either in the acidic and shaded conditions of softwood, or within farmed fields. A return to this ancient technique would produce raw materials, fuel, a carbon sink, jobs, and it would help to restore ecosystems that have been devastated for over a century now.
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