Standards set for Scotland's forest management

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Minister for the Environment & Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, today (Thursday 3 November 2011) welcomed the launch of the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS), which sets the benchmark for sustainable forest management in Scotland.

Developed by the Forestry Commission and the Northern Ireland Forest Service in consultation with a wide range of interests, the UKFS applies to all woodland, and is the code of practice for forest management.

Mr Stevenson said:

“This is a welcome addition to the ongoing effort to ensure that forests and woodland across Scotland – and indeed the UK – are managed sustainably and in ways that enhance the economic, social and environmental benefits of forestry.

“As well as underpinning the new Woodland Carbon Code, the UKFS will ensure that woodland management practices are in line with current international agreements and conventions.”

Mr Stevenson also welcomed the revision of supplementary guidelines on how to meet the requirements of the Standard, which has made them more accessible, and the fact that no new regulations or burdens have been introduced.

Further details about the UKFS and Guidelines, including updates and links to supporting information, can be found at .

Notes to Editor:

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate, managing, protecting and enhancing the 660,000-hectare national forest estate in ways that deliver benefits to Scotland’s people, communities, biodiversity and economy.
  2. The UKFS and Guidelines apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Forestry Commission and the Northern Ireland Forest Service will be the main bodies responsible for their implementation. These authorities will assess forestry proposals against the UKFS before approving them, and will carry out sample checks to ensure the UKFS is being complied with. The precise arrangements for its introduction and implementation will vary between the four countries.


  1. 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.
  2. Airson agallamhan anns a’ Ghàidhlig, cuiribh fios gu Oifigear Leasachaidh Gàidhlig a’ Choimisean, Louise NicBheathain air 01463 725 038.

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