Our management and structure
Details of who we are funded by, how we are managed and governed, and how we are structured.
On this page:
- Who are we?
- Our mission statement
- Funding and direction
- Working with Scottish Government
- Our management and structure
- Forestry advisory bodies
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) serves as the forestry directorate of Scottish Government, advising on and implementing forestry policy and managing the National Forest Estate.
FCS is supported by Forestry Commission shared services and Forest Research.
Our mission is to protect and expand Scotland's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment.
We work with the Scottish Government to deliver the Scottish Forestry Strategy. We also contribute to many aspects of wider Scottish Government policy such as energy, environment and climate change, biodiversity, healthy living, rural transport, tourism and education.
- Fergus Ewing MSP is Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity.
- Roseanna Cunningham MSP is Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
- We are also a partner in Scotland's Environmental and Rural Services (SEARS).
- The Forestry Commission Scotland Management Board oversees our business systems and administration, and our relationships with other organisations and stakeholders.
- We have five conservancies which carry out our regulatory and grant support functions around Scotland. They provide advice and information on forestry to woodland owners.
- Forestry Commission Scotland organisational structure chart (PDF 1.7MB)
Forest Enterprise Scotland
- The National Forest Estate is managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), which is an agency of FCS.
- Forest Enterprise Scotland's Management Board gives strategic direction and leadership to the 10 Scottish Forest Districts.
- FES works to a framework document, revised 2015. Targets are set annually in the FES corporate plan.
- The strategic plan for the National Forest Estate sets out FES's strategy for managing the National Forest Estate.
- The 10 Forest Districts manage and maintain Scotland's woods and forests. Their tasks include planting, forest design, marketing timber and providing facilities and access for the public.
- The recreation framework sets out priorities for managing recreation on the National Forest Estate.
We are also supported by a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) whose role is to adjudicate on disputed applications for grants or felling licenses and in disputes by statutory bodies arising from Forest Enterprise Scotland design plans.