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Forestry Commission Scotland says it’s initial felling operation at Glen Righ is going well and that is should be completed on time.
Alex Macleod, who is managing the wider A82 project for the Commission, said;
“We’re lucky to have avoided the worst of the bad weather that has hit many parts of the country because it’s allowed our felling teams to get on with the job.
“We’ve got a team working on the upper part of the forest that can’t be seen from the road and another working on the hill side immediately above the road. Both teams have been making great progress but I have to take my hat off to the guys who are working on the extremely steep and challenging slope immediately above the A82 roadside.
“The traffic management has been working smoothly, too. We understand that it does inconvenience people – and we do apologise for that – but we hope that when road users pass this site and see for themselves what we’re up against, they might appreciate our focus on public and staff safety – and the need for traffic management.”
The harvesting work is scheduled to continue until late March with traffic management initially in place between the hours of 08.30 and 16.30 Monday to Friday.
The Commission will also ensure that planned, short (approx 10 minute) road closures are delayed until after 9.00am.
For more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s longer term programme over the next 10 -15 years, and to see a full report on the drop-in sessions - visit www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations
You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations
Up to date traffic management information can be found on the Traffic Scotland Web site http://trafficscotland.org/
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to
www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland
3. The programme of works at Glen Righ is being carried out with project partners Coffey International Limited, a specialist consultancy with expertise in geosciences, international development, and project management, (http://uk.coffey.com/ ) and specialist construction and groundworks company Geo-Rope (http://www.geo-rope.com/index.html
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. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland