The Beinn Bhan Land Management Plan area (PDF 1.9MB) sits below Ben Lomond in the upper Forth catchment, about 2 miles west of Kinlochard. It covers about 1050ha and is surrounded by open ground to the north and west but is contiguous with other Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) plantations to the south and east.

The commercial conifer plantation is dominated by Sitka spruce, which were first planted in the 1950s. Other species include larch, Norway spruce and lodgepole pine, but these make up a very small proportion of the woodland area. A process of diversifying both age and species structure has been ongoing over the last 15 years and the area of broadleaved woodland, in particular, has increased. A number of habitat types are found in the area, including open water and bog, remnants of ancient woodland and heather moorland. Beinn Bhan itself is part of the Ben Lomond Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Key objectives of the plan are to maintain timber production whilst delivering a range of other environmental and social benefits. In particular opportunities to incorpoate natural flood management into the plan will be investigated. Protection of heritage features is also important and there will be expansion of native woodland and management of other non-woodland habitats.

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Community Involvement

An important part of the Beinn Bhan plan revision has been working in collaboration with local communities, building on one of the key outcomes of the Strathard Initiative (SI). Community representatives had direct involvement in developing the plan, taking into account FES aspirations, those expressed in the SI and Community Action Plan and the views of other stakeholders. More information on the SI can be found here.

Timeline

Consultation is now complete and the plan will be approved by Forestry Commission Scotland. Once approved plan documentation will be moved to the Active plan web page.

Land management plan text, maps and visualisations

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Contacts:

Any queries regarding this, or any other land management plan in Cowal and Trossachs Forest District, should be addressed to:

Cowal and Trossachs Forest District
Aberfoyle
Stirling
FK8 3UX

0300 067 6600
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