On the 20th September Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, opened a consultation on a draft of Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-29. The consultation closes on 29 November 2018.
This is a historic moment for forestry in Scotland: the development of a new Forestry Strategy is a vital part of new foundations established in the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018.
The draft Forestry Strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s long-term ambition for the sustainable growth of forestry, aiming to increase its already substantial contribution to Scotland’s economy, environment and people. It provides a 10-year framework for action to help achieve a 50-year vision for Scotland’s woodlands and forests.
The draft Strategy has the principles of sustainable forest management at its core, aiming to get the best from our land by ensuring that existing forests and woodlands are managed sustainably, and by creating new forests and woodlands in a way that complements other land uses.
The Scottish Government wants to hear your views on the draft strategy, its vision, objectives and priorities for action, as well as the ways in which we can monitor progress.