The documents on this page set out Forest Enterprise Scotland’s (FES) strategy for managing the national forest estate.
The suite of strategic plans defines how Forestry Commission Scotland, through its operating arm, Forest Enterprise Scotland, will implement the Scottish Forestry Strategy on the national forest estate.
The national forest estate is the largest single public land resource held by the Scottish Government, comprising over 660k hectares and over 35% of Scotland’s woodlands. It is a valuable resource which shows how government forestry benefits society and the wider forestry industry, while improving and developing responses to challenges such as climate change.
Strategic Directions 2012 - 2015 Public Consultation
A public consultation seeking views on the draft ‘Strategic Directions for National Forest Estate 2012-2015’ document was launched this year, which outlined how the organisation proposes managing the NFE over the next three years.
The consultation is now closed, we will publish results in due course.
The strategic plan for the national forest estate
The strategic plan will direct implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy (2006) on the national forest estate over five years, from 2009 to 2013. It provides context and directions for ten local district strategic plans.
Forest District Strategic Plans
The forest district strategic plans define how the strategic plan will be implemented at a local level and account for local priorities and context. They will also provide direction for implementing a repositioning policy that will ensure that the nature and distribution of the national forest estate better reflects its role and purpose.
Periodically there are changes to the forest district blocks owned and managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland. The blocks as at March 2010 are indicated in the FES forest blocks map (PDF 1.1Mb).
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Each of the plans was subject to a strategic environmental assessment to ensure that significant environmental effects arising from the plans are identified and assessed and that opportunities for public involvement are provided.
Post adoption statements
A public consultation on the draft plans was held from April to June 2008. A post adoption statement is an independent assessment of how the Forestry Commission has dealt with feedback from that consultation on significant environmental issues; the post adoption statement for each plan is listed below.
- Post adoption statement for the strategic plan for the national forest estate (PDF 132k)
- Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 158k)
- Tay Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 138k)
- Lochaber Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 123k)
- Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 128k)
- Galloway Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 91k)
- West Argyll Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 208k)
- Dumfries and Borders post adoption statement (PDF 140k)
- Cowal and Trossachs Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 146k)
- Scottish Lowlands Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 149k)
- North Highland Forest District post adoption statement (PDF 117k).
Equality Impact Assessment
The strategic plans have each been subject to an equality impact assessment (EqIA) to ensure that full consideration is given to all sectors of society and how the plans may benefit or impact upon them. The EqIA's for each plan can be viewed on the Equality Impact Assessments page
Consultation: Summary, Analysis and FES Response
Following a public consultation on the Strategic Plan for the National Forest Estate and on the forest district strategic plans, an independent consultant was asked to compile a summary and analysis of responses received.
- Download the Consultation summary and analysis (PDF 1.6Mb)
Forest Enterprise Scotland considered this analysis and compiled its response to demonstrate how the final version of the Strategic Plan for the National Forest Estate would be amended to account for the consultation responses.
- Download the Response to the public consultation (PDF 236k)
About the PDF documents
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