Beinn Bhan land management plan consultation

The Beinn Bhan Land Management Plan area (PDF 1.9MB) sits below Ben Lomond in the upper Forth catchment, about 2 miles west of Kinlochard. It covers about 1050ha and is surrounded by open ground to the north and west but is contiguous with other Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) plantations to the south and east.

The commercial conifer plantation is dominated by Sitka spruce, which were first planted in the 1950s. Other species include larch, Norway spruce and lodgepole pine, but these make up a very small proportion of the woodland area. A process of diversifying both age and species structure has been ongoing over the last 15 years and the area of broadleaved woodland, in particular, has increased. A number of habitat types are found in the area, including open water and bog, remnants of ancient woodland and heather moorland. Beinn Bhan itself is part of the Ben Lomond Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Key objectives of the plan are to maintain timber production whilst delivering a range of other environmental and social benefits. In particular opportunities to incorpoate natural flood management into the plan will be investigated. Protection of heritage features is also important and there will be expansion of native woodland and management of other non-woodland habitats.

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Community Involvement

An important part of the Beinn Bhan plan revision will be working in collaboration with local communities, building on one of the key outcomes of the Strathard Initiative (SI). FES have already begun working with community representatives and they will have direct involvement in developing the plan, taking into account FES aspirations, those expressed in the SI and Community Action Plan and the views of other stakeholders. More information on the SI can be found here.

Timeline

Work has begun on plan revision and a wider scoping exercise will be carried out in the second half of September. FES will work with the community representatives to gather information and develop felling and restocking proposals during September and October. Final drafts will take into account feedback received from stakeholders and the plan should be ready for submission for approval by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) by the end of November. There will then be a second consultation period before FCS approve the plan following any required changes.

Information on the plan area and draft documents can be found at the links below. These will be updated when the final draft is complete. Documentation will also be available here during the final consultation.

Land management plan draft information and documents

NB. Any maps or text showing or describing proposals are in draft format and are subject to change before the plan is submitted to FCS.

Objectives

Maps of previous plan proposals (2006)

Background information

Draft proposals

Contacts us

If you have any questions about this plan, you can contact us at:

Steve Murphy
Cowal and Trossachs Forest District
Aberfoyle
Stirling
FK8 3UX

0300 067 6600
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