Forest Enterprise Scotland is the agency responsible for managing the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Government Ministers.

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How we are structured

Ten Forest Districts manage and maintain the woodland on the National Forest Estate. Their work includes planting, forest design, harvesting, marketing timber, conservation, working with local communities and organisations, and providing facilities and access for the public.

The Forest Districts receive direction from our Management Board, who monitor performance against agreed policies, strategies and targets.

How we manage our forests

The strategy for managing the estate is set out in our Strategic Plan 2013-16. A new Strategic Plan is currently being prepared, to help further develop the multi-purpose role of the estate for years to come.

Forest Enterprise Scotland's priorities for the National Forest Estate are published in the annual Corporate Plan.

Open Data Policy

FES supports the Scottish Government’s Open Data Strategy. Our Open Data Publication Plan (PDF 1MB) lets other people make use of some of the data we hold. This helps people to understand how we work and offers opportunities to use the data in new ways to create social and economic benefits.