Scots government seeks views on forestry policy "for next 100 years"

The Scottish Government is seeking views on a new Forestry Strategy for Scotland, which it says will bring economic and environmental benefits once forestry becomes a devolved policy area next year.

Image: Cairngorms Business Partnership (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Cairngorms Business Partnership (CC BY 2.0)

The draft strategy aims to grow more trees and enhance woods and forests, both to make a greater contribution to Scotland’s climate change ambitions and to deliver more economic benefit, once forestry becomes fully devolved in April.

Launching the consultation this week, secretary for rural economy Fergus Ewing said: "Scottish ministers will be fully accountable for forestry and two new forestry agencies will come into being.

"It is only fitting that we also establish a new, long-term vision for forestry that increases our woodland area and delivers more economic, social and environmental benefits whilst protecting and enhancing our forest resources so that they provide more benefits for more people in 50 to 100 years’ time."

The consultation will be open online until 29 November.


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