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

These plans are put together in accordance with current policy and 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 the ten year period.


All of the National Forest Estate's woodlands are independently certified as sustainably managed under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard. Keeping people informed of management proposals affecting their local woodlands is an important part of maintaining this certification.

When a land management plan for an area is in development we gather views from a range of different stakeholders, particularly local communities. This helps us to develop the plan and balance and prioritise the sometimes competing objectives.

The draft plans are published here so that they are available for anyone who is interested, and we invite comments and feedback.

Active plans

When the plan has been through consultation it is submitted to the relevant Forestry Commission Scotland conservancy for formal approval. At this time the plan is placed on the Forestry Commission public register where it remains available for comment for 28 days. Once approved, the final plans are put in to action. 

Note: All of our forthcoming plans will be published online, but older plans - that were approved before 2016 - will not be available online until they are up for renewal. You can still obtain information about these and any plans for National Forest Estate land by contacting the local Forest District office.