Have your say on future of the National Forest Estate in your area

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4 MARCH 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16186

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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting anyone interested in the management of Scotland’s National Forest Estate (NFE) to take part in a new consultation.

The three month consultation (launched 25th Feb 2014) seeks views on draft plans outlining how the Commission’s locally based teams around the country propose managing the estate over the next three years. 

The priorities and management principles set out in the ten ‘District Strategic Plans’ (2014-2017) will subsequently guide the landscape-scale management plans for all of Scotland’s national forest estate.

A spokesperson for Forestry Commission Scotland, said; 

“This is the third generation of District Strategic Plans that we have produced and while we don’t envisage any radical changes to the land use balance on the Estate, we do recognise that there are opportunities for us to use our skills and expertise to ensure that the Estate delivers many more benefits to many more people.

“The National Forest Estate is a massive resource and provides the opportunity to combine sustainable woodland management and high-quality timber production with a wide range of other benefits. 

“Getting the views of as many individuals, communities, businesses and organisations as possible is an important part of developing our approach for the next three years.”

The consultation is aimed at anyone who derives – or could potentially derive - some benefit from the national forest estate, including: individuals; community woodland groups; volunteer groups; minority groups; forestry, timber and recreation business partners; national and local government: and national and local interest groups

The spokesperson added:

“The District Strategic Plans show what the National Forest Estate delivers at the regional level, and how different parts of the estate contribute to the national picture.

“All of our woodlands are independently certified as sustainably managed under UK Woodland Assurance Scheme.  In line with the aims of certification, we want to involve people in developing management proposals affecting the NFE.”

The consultation on the District Strategic Plans will run for three months. Links to the plans and consultation feedback forms can be accessed via www.forestry.gov.uk/fesplans

For further information, please email fes.dsp@forestry.gsi.gov.uk   or write to: District Strategic Plans Consultation Co-ordinator, Forest Enterprise Scotland Head Office, 1 Highlander Way, Inverness Business Park,  Inverness, IV2 7GB   or telephone: 01463 232811

1) The existing District Strategic Plans cover the period 2009 to 2013, and can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/fesplans

2) The role of Scotland’s National Forest Estate, and strategic directions for the estate for the period 2013-16 are described at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-6pelhd

3) The way the District Strategic Plans will be implemented is described and reported in greater detail through:

Landscape scale land management plans, which are subject to public consultation.  Forestry Commission Scotland’s corporate plan and annual reports (see http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-6AHMS9);
Scottish Forestry Strategy implementation plans and annual reports (see http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-6aggzw); and
more detailed descriptions of the economic, social and environmental policies and work programmes we work to (see http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-7unjy3)

4) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate.  Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland charged with managing the 660,000ha National Forest Estate in ways that deliver benefits to Scotland’s people, communities, biodiversity and economy. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

5) Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507


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