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Management of the National Forest Estate reconfirmed as industry best practice

Sustainable Forest Management is at the heart of how we look after the National Forest Estate, and we are delighted to have passed an audit by United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard with flying colours.

Gaining certification means being assessed against criteria that includes management planning, consultation, woodland design, operations, conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. Woodland access and recreation for local communities is also a factor that is audited. 

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The significance of deer on the NFE

The Scottish deer population is estimated to be around 777,000 and has an important part to play in Scotland’s biodiversity.

Deer can have a major effect on habitat and the landscape. To help protect the forest environment, we play a significant role in sustainable deer management through the proactive management of deer numbers, densities and damage impacts on the National Forest Estate (NFE).

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Community Champions wanted

Want to train as a forestry volunteer but don’t know where to start? Our Voluntary Community Champion (VCC) Programme could be the place for you to take that first step.

The voluntary programme is a one year initiative which trains people from minority groups to lead events and activities in woodlands and forests. The programme aims to educate people from diverse backgrounds, providing knowledge and skills on how to access their local woodlands for the benefits of health, work and play.

It has been running for two years now and has been very successful to help everyone enjoy the woodlands.

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Forestry and Water Scotland

A new initiative has been launched across the Scottish forestry sector to reduce diffuse pollution risk by improving forestry practice

The Forestry and Water Scotland initiative brings together new and established resources to help forest owners, managers and practitioners follow good forestry practice to improve water management on their sites.

Two new resources just published are the Know the Rules bookletand Keep Your Distance vehicle sticker. Both contain straightforward messages to help Operators to raise the bar on how forestry operations are planned, communicated and managed to protect the water environment.

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Bumper acorn crop helps native woodlands

Around 1.2 million acorns have been collected in Galloway Forest Park as part of a project to expand and link native Ancient Oakwoods which will create semi natural habitats from the hill tops to the coast.

The project involves restoring Protected Ancient Woodlands sites and linking the woodlands through forest restructuring via natural regeneration and planting of local provenance native species.

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Napier’s timber technology research hub

Very recently, Edinburgh Napier University announced that it will be investing £3 million into a new research hub that will support the construction of sustainable housing in the UK.

The University says that the facility will be open in the Spring 2017 and that it will work with the industry to “accelerate the development of a range of timber technologies.”

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Protecting the Stones of Worship

Damage caused by a Pagan bonfire to the stone circle of Na Clachan Aoraidh - set high on the limestone ridge of Cnoc na Craoibhe above Loch Tummel in Tay Forest District - was turned into an opportunity to investigate and record the site in detail.

Na Clachan Aoraidh translates from Gaelic as ‘the Stones of Worship’. The site is an unusual ‘four poster’ stone circle – a square arrangement of four large stones on a low stone-built platform. It’s an early Bronze Age ceremonial site and was probably built about 4,000 years ago.

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Floating pier helps Scotland’s rural economy

Timber haulage is an important part of the forestry life cycle, benefitting communities and the economy.

With timber harvesting rising to over 7 million tonnes per annum in Scotland, the Scottish Timber Transport Scheme seeks to facilitate the sustainable transport of timber for the benefit of local communities and the environment.  It has funding of £2.2m in 2016/17.

One of the approved projects in 2016 is a floating pier to be built in Ardcastle in West Argyll.

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Tackling climate change with trees

Scotland's forests are a vital tool in the country's response to climate change. Forestry Commission Scotland is committed to ensuring our woodland realises its carbon-capturing potential.

Key to our work is tree-planting to help mitigate the impact of greenhouse gases. Supporting the Scottish Government's pledge to plant more woodland, we are committed to sustainable management of forests and the provision of grants to landowners looking to convert unused or unproductive land into woodland.

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