A82 felling work reaches key milestone

Forestry tree felling operations at Glen Righ are set to be completed by mid-October, according to Forest Enterprise Scotland, the land management arm of Forestry Commission Scotland.

Part of the A82 Project, operations at Glen Righ have been on-going since December 2011.

Alex Macleod, who manages the operations for Forest Enterprise Scotland, said;

“The final phase of the slope stability work in Glen Righ was completed in July so now, following the summer break, we’ll be going in to finish off the last of the felling work.

“We’re starting work on Monday 21 September, after the Deloitte Cycling event is over and we anticipate that it should only take us four weeks to do.

“We will try to minimise disruption as much as we can but traffic management will be in place, Monday to Friday, 7.30 – 17.30 during the four weeks of felling. This will include short periods of road closure in both directions of up to 10min to ensure public safety during the tree felling and extraction operations. The traffic flow will be monitored during the periods of road closure to ensure that the delays are being kept to a minimum.

“We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this might cause and to once again thank road users and the local communities for their on-going understanding and support.”

Following the completion of felling at Glen Righ, the FES team will return to Loch Lochy later in the Autumn to finish clearing windblown trees brought down in storms over the past few winters.

Alex added;

“It is quite an achievement to reach this point within the over-all A82 project because Glen Righ has been a challenging job in every way. I’m pleased to say that our success has been down to the fact that the harvesting and geotechnical teams involved have risen to that challenge and met it head on.

“Neither could we have done this without the assistance and support we have had from Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland over the past 4 years.”

The felling planned for Alltsigh on Loch Ness side has been delayed until next year to allow geotechnical teams to erect rock fall catch-fencing on the site.

This is being installed on the advice of geotechnical engineers and will provide additional protection to the A82 when the tree felling work does start.

There is more information online about the A82 Steep Ground Felling works, and up to date information on traffic management measures will be available on the Traffic Scotland Web site as and when they are required.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
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