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Kilfinan Community Forest Company (KCFC) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase approximately 432 hectares of woodland at Upper Acharossan, near Tighnabruaich.
Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.
KCFC currently own 127 ha which was acquired from Forestry Commission Scotland in 2010. The group have said that the successful acquisition of the new area would secure their future and bring long term sustainability to the wider community.
A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.
Details of the application can be viewed on line at http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/supporting/strategy-policy-guidance/communities/national-forest-land-scheme-nfls/current-applications/kilfinan and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by 12th January, 2015.
Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available, unless requested to keep comments confidential.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590