Regional Forestry Forum seeks Chair

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3 APRIL 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16232

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Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is seeking to recruit a new Chair for its Perth & Argyll Regional Forestry Forum.

The new Chair will take over from outgoing Chair, Dr Rick Worrell, on the conclusion of this three year term in the summer.

Dr Worrell, said:

“Regional Forestry Forums play an important role in ensuring transparency in the workings of Forestry Commission Scotland and act as a sounding board for evaluating problems or introducing new ideas in forestry.

“I have enjoyed my 3 years as chair, during which time we have tackled issues such as how to develop forestry on farms, assessing the progress of social forestry initiatives, reducing conifer forest because of ecological and landscape improvements and many other issues.

“It is an endlessly challenging and interesting role and I would recommend anyone with an interest in Scotland’s forestry to consider applying.”

Consisting of 12–15 members who represent the economic, environmental and social aspects of forestry and land management interests, the Forum advises the Commission’s Conservancy staff, who oversee the promotion and regulation of forestry in general, as well as the staff who manage the National Forest Estate in the Commission’s West Argyll, Cowal & Trossachs, and Tay Forest Districts – and part of the Scottish Lowlands FD.

Meeting three to four times a year, each regional forum establishes its own priorities and sets up smaller working groups to take forward specific issues, such as encouraging farming and forestry integration and in helping promote the social benefits of forestry.

The Commission’s Perth & Argyll Conservator, Syd House, said:

“Rick has been an excellent Chair of the RFF and we have appreciated all his hard work over the years as well as his sage words in advising how we might deal with the various challenges we face from time to time.

“I am very grateful for the help he has unfailingly given to us and wish him well in the future.” 

Anyone interested in applying to become Chair of the RFF should contact Gillian Mackenzie at Perth and Argyll Conservancy on 01738 442 830 or by email:

The closing date for applications is 9th May 2014

Notes to Editor
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

2.  Current Chair, Dr Rick Worrell is to retire from his position this summer, following the conclusion of a three year term of office. Rick has had a long and distinguished career in forestry in Scotland and abroad, including 4 years working in Norway, as an independent forestry consultant focussing mainly on native woodlands, quality broadleaves, forest planning and aspects of forest research. He is an Honorary Fellow and occasional lecturer in forest management at the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management, Edinburgh University as well as being a Member of various Forestry Commission committees in addition to his role as the chair of the RFF. He has also published many articles on forestry as well as managing a small woodland of his own to ensure he does not lose touch with the realities and challenges of ‘hands-on’ forest management.

3. The roles of the regional forums are:

• to advise Conservators on regional implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy and provide a regional perspective on the Strategy’s future development;
• to develop close relationships with the forest industries regional cluster groups;
• to promote the principle of local forestry frameworks, indicative forestry strategies, and other woodland strategies; their development and implementation;
• to advise FCS on the suitability of frameworks and strategies which are in preparation;
• to advise FCS Forest District Managers managing the National Forest Estate on their Forest District Strategic Plans; and
• Where possible, provide linkages with Community Planning Partnerships.

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