International Parks conference focuses on young people

Forestry Commission Scotland’s team from the Highlands and Islands Conservancy is joining 500 European in Aviemore (18-21 September) for the annual EUROPARC Conference.

Being staged in Scotland’s Year of Young People the conference is looking at the mutually beneficial relationship between young people and the natural environment.

The FCS team is highlighting the importance of Scotland’s native woodlands, particularly our national tree - Scot’s pine. As well as explaining to delegates the importance of Scots pine for timber, biodiversity and recreation, particularly in the Cairngorms National Park, the team will also highlight the historic and cultural importance of Scots pine and what conservation work is being carried out by landowners.

John Risby, the Conservator for the area, said;

“Scots pine forests are emotive symbol for forestry in the Highlands. A key species for providing timber and supporting our modern wood processing industry. It supports rich biodiversity and illustrates the impact woodlands can have on a landscape that people come from all over the world to enjoy and some of these woodlands are the last remnants of the ancient Caledonian forest.

“The conference will highlight the need to conserve and expand our forests to provide these benefits and meet future challenges head on.

“This is obviously vital for our woodlands but, as forestry is also the front line of mitigating against the impact of climate change, it’s even more vital for our young people.”

One of the FCS team at the event is Carlotta Souto, one of four Scottish School of Forestry students that are also employed on a part time basis with the Highland and Islands Conservancy team.

The students’ employment helps to give them relevant experience and a broader range of skills as they embark on a forestry career.

Carlotta, who is working with the Conservancy as an assistant Woodland Officer, said;

“I am delighted to be involved in this international conference.

“I have been helping organise the woodland field visit and workshop and I am really looking forward to discussing my experiences of Woodland management and expansion with other young people for across Europe.”

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
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