A82 Management Strategy consultation responses welcomed

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Forestry Commission Scotland has thanked everyone who has taken the time to engage with its initial consultation on its long term harvesting programme for the A82 corridor.

As well as removing trees that are at risk of windblow from the hillside, the project will include some remedial works on rock faces above the A82 to reduce the potential for landslips and rockfalls. Over the longer term these works will help in ensuring the A82 is more resilient to storm events like the storms of Dec 2011.

The consultation received 10 responses from agencies and organisations, business interests and community councils.

Alex Macleod, who is managing the project for the Commission, said:

“We are grateful for all the feedback received to date and will ensure that this is incorporated into the planning and delivery of the actual operations.

“The bulk of the comments related to the impact of traffic management and the need to minimise disruption to road users, but we also had comments on the need for careful environmental management and future management of the sites after harvesting.

“There will be further opportunities to contribute to the process as we work our way through this programme - and it’s good to know that people are taking the time to get involved. Their input is very useful and helps us make sure that there are no over-sights.”

The strategy, the summary of consultation responses and Forestry Commission Scotland’s replies can be seen online at www.forestry.gov.uk/a82operations

A series of public “drop-in” events has been arranged to give local communities and business a further opportunity to view the Commission’s plans and to offer further comment and feedback. The events, which will be manned by Forestry Commission Scotland personnel will be further publicised nearer the time.

• Thursday 25 October - Invermoriston Hotel, Invermoriston - 12 noon to 5.00pm

• Thursday 25 October - Memorial Hall, Fort Augustus - 5.30pm to 7.30pm

• Monday 5 November - Glengarry Community Hall, Invergarry - 12 noon to 7.30pm

• Tuesday 6 November - Ballachulish Village Hall, West Laroch - 10.00am to 7.30pm

• Thursday 15 November  - Alexandra Hotel, Fort William - 12 noon to 7.00pm

• Monday 26 November - Glen Urquhart Public Hall, Drumnadrochit - 12 noon to 8.00pm

For more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s longer term programme over the next 3 years - 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 and 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. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

2) The programme of works 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

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk