Leanachan Forest is a predominantly conifer forest covering over 3,100ha in the Great Glen to the north east of Fort William.  It lies on the northern lower slopes of Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis mountain range and as such forms the lower frame of the mountain view from the Commando Memorial and other view point across the Great Glen. The Nevis Range ski and mountain bike centre is in the heart of the forest, which along with the North Face car park, make it a popular destination for outdoor activities.

In addition to the forests importance in timber production and recreation opportunities the area is part of a red squirrel stronghold area and contains the Lon Leanachain bog habitat SSSI .

We are at an early stage in the process of updating the land management plan for this forest and welcome your initial questions and comments on the draft plan brief below.

The brief is the principle document which describes the plan area and summarises the main economic, environmental and social issues to be considered.

The 2 appendices provide more detail on the different features of the forest and the priorities for management and are included for information.

Appendix 1 – Strategic directions tables describes in more detail the contribution Leanachan forest can make to the delivery of the strategic directions for Lochaber FD

Appendix 2 – Forest zones descriptions divides the forest into 3 zones of different character and priorities for the purposes on preparing the overall LMP.  It should be read with the accompanying map.

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Community consultation event

There is an opportunity to meet local staff and discuss current ideas for the development of Leanachan forest at a drop in session scheduled for Thursday 20th April 2017 at the Spean Bridge Community Centre between 4pm and 7pm.


The consultation period closes on Wednesday 31st May 2017

Land management plan documents and maps

Contact us

For further information or to speak to us directly, please contact:

Christina Tracey
District Forester Planning
Lochaber Forest District 
Fort William 
Inverness-Shire, PH33 6SW 

Tel number : 07767 251 380
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