NEW plans for trees and woodlands in the Yorkshire region have been produced.
They are now up for consultation with interested groups.
The draft document maps out a green vision for the next 15 years, where trees play an increasingly important role in bringing benefits to communities across Yorkshire.
It will provide the framework for a detailed action plan, to be published early next year.
The Yorkshire Forward regeneration group, councils and other organisations agencies will be invited to support it.
The document says trees will have a pivotal role in helping to deal with the effects of a warmer and wetter climate.
It urges greater use of wood to replace fossil fuels and also stresses how trees might contribute to flood management.
Tree planting can help to reduce run-off into swollen rivers and increases the water-bearing capacity of floodplains.
Strategy co-ordinator Vince Carter said: " Well- planned woods can make a contribution, especially given that the region is the second most vulnerable to flooding in the UK.
"We also see a place for creating new woodlands in the region's most densely populated areas."
The strategy says woodland cover in the region is below the national average, at 5.8% of land area.
The distribution of woodlands is largely concentrated in areas where the fewest people live.
Copies can be downloaded from http://www. goyh.gov.uk/forestry or can be obtained by phoning 01904 448778.
The consultation ends on October 15.