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Saving the moors for the future - a national conference with a local perspective

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Friday 9 September 2005

9 September 2005

Saving the moors for the future - a national conference with a local perspective

Experts will come together in the Peak District to discuss the restoration and recovery of the Peak District moorland's blanket bog - one of the most eroded in the UK - at a national conference organised by Moors for the Future in Castleton on 20 - 21 September.

Now in its third year this conference - which is being sponsored by United Utilties, one of the partners within the project - will look at the present state of moorlands and what we need to do to sustain this precious landscape for the future.

Speakers will include prominent scientists from universities, high level representatives from English Nature and Defra as well as practioners. The intersdisiplinary topics include:

· 'fire and climate change'
· 'recovery of sphagnum mosses in relation to changes in air pollution'
· 'landuse and economy visions for sustainable uplands'.

Discussions in workshops should lead to identification of key issues and strategies.

Cath Flitcroft, Research Manager with Moors for the Future adds: "The Peak District peat bogs store an enormous amount of carbon and help reduce global warming. If we can restore our degraded bogs then even more carbon would be removed from the atmosphere."

Lynn Crowe, chair of Moors for the Future Partnership, said: "We are very pleased to bring together experts from all over the country to present the findings of their research. They will contribute to our knowledge of these special places and help guide future restoration work."

All are welcome to attend the conference. Please contact the Research Team on 01629 816579 for more information or to book a place, or see our website: www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/mftf/research/forum.htm

Issued by the Moors for the Future Partnership

This is an archived press release

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