Storm damage clear-up in Fort William forests

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26 MARCH 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15904

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Forestry Commission Scotland’s Lochaber team is working with local contractors to clear up storm damage and windblown trees in time for the Easter weekend.

Last week’s storm (Friday 22 March) caused localised damage to several forests around Fort William that are managed by the Commission.
Leanachan was the worst affected with the Witches Trail mountain bike trails blocked by fallen trees.
Glen Nevis was also so badly affected that the Braveheart Car Park was closed off by huge windblown Sitka Spruce. Contractors are working to re-open the car park and most of the surrounding forest walks but walkers are being advised that not all paths will be open and that the area is very untidy.

Kevin Peace, who manages the Commission’s Lochaber District, said:

“It was a fairly brutal storm but thankfully the damage was concentrated in specific areas.

“Our staff and contractors are working flat out to try to ensure that as many trails and car parks as possible are open for Easter Weekend. Visitors should bear in mind that not all of the walks will be open and that the forests have numerous fallen and partly fallen trees throughout and they should not stray from tracks and paths.”

The trails in Glen Righ Forest at Onich are currently closed and most will probably remain closed for the next week or two.

Kevin added:

“In one sense we can be thankful that the storm didn’t impact severely on the forests that stand on the steep hillsides along the A82 – but it certainly illustrates the reasoning behind our long term felling programme along the Great Glen.”

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