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A82 tree felling work above Loch Ness

One of our most challenging projects is the felling of nearly 100 year old trees on steep slopes high above the A82 between Glencoe and Inverness. The operations will help to improve the resilience of the A82 against unplanned road closures as a result of extreme weather or storm events.

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Plant health round-up

The risk of exotic pests and diseases arriving in Scotland is amplified with increasing globalisation, whilst future climate changes could increase the risk of their establishment, spread and impact.

Phytophthora ramorum, Dothistroma needle blight and Chalara dieback of ash remain the highest profile tree health issues in Scotland, and Action Plans for them remain under regular review. Other pests and diseases under close monitoring and management action include pine tree lappet moth and the great spruce bark beetle.

Constant vigilance against new threats, together with continued co-ordinated action to manage existing pests and diseases, is essential if Scotland’s forests are to remain economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. 

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Exciting times for Scottish forestry

“These are exciting times for forestry in Scotland” was the message from Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to FCS Conservancy staff.

Mr Ewing visited each of the five Conservancies – in Dumfries, Hamilton, Perth, Huntly and Dingwall – to meet with staff to thank them for their work, listen to their hopes and concerns for the future and share his vision for a growing Scottish forestry sector.

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Woodland activity programme for people with early stage dementia

Green prescriptions by doctors and other health professionals could be a valuable way of helping older people reap the benefits of outdoor recreation and remain active.

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Managing diffuse pollution

A new video on following good forestry practice to improve water management has been added to the suite of tools on the Forestry & Water Scotland web site.

Good water management helps reduce diffuse pollution risks from forestry operations. This benefits the forest environment and wider landscape, helps compliance with water regulations and the UK Forestry Standard, and plays a key part in managing a forest sustainably.

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Rare moss found in new sites on the National Forest Estate

A rare moss has been found in several new sites on the National Forest Estate. Buxbaumia viridis, or Green Shield-moss, is a nationally scarce moss and rated as endangered.

The moss differs to almost every other moss in that its leaves are not visible – only the distinct bright green fruiting body can be seen over winter, from November until April.  It prefers logs where there are areas of bare bark or little competition from other bryophytes.

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International Peat Society Convention

Over 150 people from 20 countries across the world came together in Scotland at the recent International Peat Society Convention in Aberdeen. As part of this, they visited two sites on the National Forest Estate to look at forestry issues around managing deep peat in woodlands.

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Growing trees on farms

The beneficial impact of growing trees on farms was highlighted at a Soil Association Scotland event in Dumfries in June.

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Pine Martens thriving in Galloway

Foresters in Galloway FD identified a unique opportunity to record a natal den site of Pine Martens as part of a project to increase Pine Marten survival.

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