Forest extension covers activities of state administration directed towards supporting private forestry that goes beyond just advising them. The network of forest extension organizations in Europe (FOREXT) ensures international cooperation in the field.
Our members represent 21 organisations in 16 European countries. Together we aim to to build their capacities in training and education of private forest owners, supporting the development of their associations, inventorying and marking of private forests, preparation of forest management plans for private forests, enforcement of forest legislation in private forests, providing subsidies for more sustainable forest management, organizing sale of wood from private forests, capacity building for private forestry, etc. In addition to in person meetings twice a year, the network holds FOREXT Fridays, webinars where we discuss topics of interest.
FOREXT and its members are involved in many projects either as an advisory group or project partners or associate partners. Ongoing projects where we are involved in include SUPERB, HoliSoils, EUFORE and ForestPaths.