Help steer forestry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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24 JUNE 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13746

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Anyone interested in helping steer the direction of forestry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is invited to apply to become Chair of the Highland and Islands Regional Forestry Forum.

The invitation, from Forestry Commission Scotland, comes as current Chair, Ian Ross, steps down after 6 years of service.

The forum is one of five Regional Forestry Forums (RFFs) across Scotland that advise the Commission on forestry policy and practice in their areas.

The Highland and Islands Forum covers Highland, Orkney, Shetland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Council areas including part of the Cairngorms National Park.

Ian Ross, Chair of Highland Council’s Planning Environment and Development Committee and Councillor for East Sutherland and Edderton, said: 

“I have found the Forum Chair’s role interesting and very rewarding – working with an able and committed team of Forum members and Forestry Commission staff. We have actively engaged with partners across the Highlands and Islands to promote the wide range of benefits forestry can bring to our area.

“There is I believe, a greater recognition of forestry’s  relevance to the needs of the people of the Highlands – creating jobs, providing timber, helping address climate change, supporting community development and of course creating a rich and diverse resource.

“The Forum continues to fulfil a key role in advising the Forestry Commission, raising key issues and helping create additional opportunities for the Highlands and Islands. Forestry continues to be well placed to deliver a diverse range of public benefits to the Highlands and Islands.”

Ian Ross is also a visiting lecturer on forest policy and social forestry at the Scottish School of Forestry and a part-time forestry and educational consultant. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the Royal Society of Arts.  Ian is also currently the vice-convener of the Northern Joint Police Board.  He was awarded an OBE for services to Forestry in the 2007 New Year’s Honour’s list.

To download an application form please go to or for more information contact Jillian Buchan on 0131 314 6202.

The closing date for applications is 19 July 2010

The Forestry Commission is committed to providing equal opportunities for all sectors of our diverse community.

Notes to Editors
1) Each RFF has 12–15 members who represent the economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainable development. They have a term of office for three years. Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Enterprise Scotland serve as advisors to each forum. The Chair and two other members represent each of the Regional Forestry Forums on the Scottish Forestry Forum. The forum also provides members of the Scottish Regional Advisory Committee.

2) The Forums also advise the Commission on the regional implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy and provide a regional perspective on the strategy’s future development.

Media Enquiries
Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507