UKFPAUnited Kingdom Forest Products Association
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UKFPA president Gordon Callander added: "It is vitally important we see an increase in commercial forestry in Wales, to enable the industry to prosper and to deliver more benefits to the nation."
Although the Home Office does not list forestry crimes specifically, both the Forestry Commission and UKFPA say that from reports across the country, South Wales' forests are Britain's number one crime hot spot.
UKFPA says there is a clear need for more information to help tackle the problem of forest crime on all levels and improve "detection and prosecution rates".
Initially, the confederation, to be known as ConFor, has two members: the Forestry & Timber Association (FTA) and UK Forest Products Association, (UKFPA) which jointly own it.
FTA and UKFPA will continue to give a high priority to the provision of services to their members