A land management plan sets out how we intend to manage a specific area of land. Usually the area covered by a plan is a forest or woodland, but it will often also include open areas.

These plans place a strong emphasis on delivering social, economic and environmental benefits for Scotland. They cover a period of ten years, but also outline the longer term plans for the area beyond that.

Have your say

All of our woodlands are independently certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard. An important part of maintaining this certification is to keep local communities informed and involve them in the management of their local woodland.

When we develop a land management plan, we gather views from a range of different stakeholders. However, we are particularly interested to hear what local people think. This helps us to balance and prioritise the sometimes competing objectives.

Active plans

After a public consultation is complete, views are gathered together and submitted with the updated draft plan to Forestry Commission Scotland's local conservancy offices for formal approval. The plan is also placed on the Forestry Commission public register where the public can continue to comment for 28 days. Once approved, the final plans are put in to action by our regional Forest District teams.