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Forestry Commission Scotland’s (FCS) geotechnical team will be returning to work in the Glen Righ for Monday 19th January.
This change of operations marks the latest phase in the Commission’s Glen Righ operation which is part of its wider A82 Project making safe and harvesting trees on the hillsides above the A82.
The Commission’s Alex Macleod, who is managing the project, said;
“Harvesting operations have progressed really well over recent months and we’ve seen the team remove some very large trees safely away from the A82. However we now need to carry out further slope stability work on the areas that have been recently felled.
“As before, this phase of work will involve rock scaling, netting & bolting but will also see the installation of a permanent catch fence on the steepest part of the slope.
"Traffic management will continue to be required on the A82, North of Corran Ferry, until 2 April but unlike the recent harvesting operations there will be much less use of the short “Red to Red” road closures.
“We appreciate that this will cause some inconvenience to road users and once again we apologise in advance.”
Most of the area harvested next to the A82 won’t be replanted with conifer but with native broadleaves, which will help in stabilising the slopes for decades to come.
Native broadleaves are already regenerating on harvested areas of Glen Righ. The Commission will continue to monitor these areas and will carry out additional planting where necessary.
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 more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s longer term programme over the next 10 -15 years - visit www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations
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5. 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
6. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590