Targets and budget 2015-2016

Our targets for the financial year from April 2015 to March 2016 are set out below in six key theme areas:

We have also provided our 2015-2016 budget (PDF 65KB) and key performance indicators.

Healthy – achieving good environmental and silvicultural condition in a changing climate

In 2015/2016 we will:

  • Continue to identify sites where alternatives to clear-fell are a practical and realistic approach to management.
  • Invest over £4.5m in silvicultural improvements.
  • Undertake thinning interventions in over 8,000 ha of woodland.
  • Restock (replant) over 5,800 ha of woodland.
  • Seek to establish a baseline methodology for monitoring carbon resources on the national forest estate.
  • We will use land management plans to test approaches to making forests more resilient in terms of species choice to suit predicted future climate, and to adapt to increasing wind speeds and water run-off.
  • We will target investment of £1m in roading to assist in P Ramorum control measures.
  • Treat 500 ha of Rhododendron.

Productive – providing sustainable economic benefits from the land

In 2015/2016 we will:

  • Explore the options for the construction of a berthing facility on the West coast of Arran.
  • Market 3.45 million m3 of timber.
  • Provide support to staff through three delivery projects for productive broadleaves focusing on planning, plant supply and silviculture and utilisation.
  • Hold at least 4 localised specialist timber sale events.
  • Employment Skills Programme will monitor all trainees for 6 months on completion of training. Analysis to be completed in FY 15/16.
  • Make available 2 starter farms.
  • Increase the area of Scotland’s National Forest Estate that is used for livestock grazing.
  • Achieve over 0.95GW of installed renewable energy capacity.
  • Work with the Cairngorms National Park on a visitor improvement plan for Glenmore.
  • We will ensure that the views of the Scottish Government's Rural Payments and Inspections Agency inform our decisions about purchase and planting of agricultural land.

Treasured – as a multi-purpose resource that sustains livelihoods, improves quality of life and offers involvement and enjoyment

In 2015/2016 we will:

  • We will develop a response and initiate implementation of the community 'health check' recommendations.
  • Support communities wishing to acquire land that forms part of Scotland’s National Forest Estate through the National Forest Land Scheme and such requests as are intimated following provisions in the forthcoming Community Empowerment Bill.
  • Provide opportunities for 100 trainees to gain employment skills and experience on Scotland’s National Forest Estate.
  • We will trial integrating the management of visitor zones into the relevant land management plans in four Districts.
  • Continue to invest in improvements to the appearance of Scotland’s National Forest Estate within our visitor zones situated close to where people access and make use of the estate.
  • Develop and initiate programme of hill footpath improvements within Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
  • We will implement a programme of improvements within the Glasgow Commonwealth Woods to benefit all users.
  • Review the potential for the reintroduction of Beaver on the National Forest Estate in line with Scottish Government policy.

Accessible – local woodlands and national treasures that are well promoted, welcoming and open for all

In 2015/2016 we will:

  • Complete and open the new section of the John Muir Way in the Kilpatrick Hills.
  • We will undertake a survey of walking trails taking account of the new trail grading methodology and determine which facilities provide the best visitor experiences and deliver value for money.
  • We will complete and open the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park within the Clyde Gateway.
  • We will complete a scoping study of vacant and derelict land in collaboration with Central Scotland Green Network to determine suitability for woodland development.

Cared for – working with nature and respecting landscapes, natural and cultural heritage

In 2015/2016 we will:

  • Undertake conservation work on 700 ha of Scotland's National Forest Estate to improve the condition of ancient semi-natural woodland and on 500 ha of the estate to help restore ancient woodland sites.
  • Restock and regenerate 1,400 ha of broadleaved woodland.
  • We will undertake 15,000 ha of open habitat surveys on the estate towards completion by 2019.
  • Carry out grey squirrel control to combat the spread of squirrel pox based on the latest research.
  • Work with Butterfly Conservation Scotland to produce annual National population indices for pearl-bordered fritillary and chequered skipper.
  • Monitor capercaillie, black grouse and red squirrel populations annually on Scotland's National Forest Estate.
  • We will undertake conservation management, condition monitoring and archaeological recording at significant historic assets.
  • Work with stakeholders to promote and develop initiatives such as Dig It 2015 and the Scottish Archaeology Strategy where relevant to the National Forest Estate.

Good value – exemplary, effective and efficient delivery of public benefits

In 2015/2016 we will:

  • Income from renewable energy developments on the National Forest Estate to hit £9m.
  • Continue to build our business relationship with the Local Authority, Scottish Mines Restoration Trust and new coal operators to deliver environmentally sustainable restoration of the opencast sites in Kyle. This includes the development of a master plan to inform the restoration and regeneration of the area.
  • Consider the potential role of the National Forest Estate in restoration of opencast sites in the Central Scotland Green Network area.
  • Set up a new organisation structure to provide a co-ordinated approach to Built Asset Improvement projects on the National Forest Estate.
  • Update the FCS Asset Management Plan and agree it with the Scottish Government Property Controls Team.
  • Invest £40k in energy saving from our buildings.
  • Co-ordinate strategic planning with our ENFOR partners.