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Review of forestry planting approval procedures November 2017

Scotland has 1.4million hectares of trees and we continue to work towards reducing the complexity and cost of the tree planting approval process to deliver the national target of 10,000hectares a year.

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New Forestry and Water guidance

New guidance outlining precautions that Scottish Water would like to see taken when forestry activities are undertaken in source water catchments and areas with public drinking water infrastructure (assets) is now available on the Scottish Water website and the Forestry and Water Scotland website.

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Skye community first to acquire land under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme

The Skye community are the first to acquire land under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). CATS was set up to implement the new rights for communities under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to purchase, lease or use National Forest Estate land if it provides benefits to the local community.

Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) have purchased 12.3ha at the Fairy Pools Car Park, Skye which will allow the community to expand the current parking facilities to accommodate 137 vehicles, to alleviate long term problems for visitors and residents, and to install additional visitor facilities.

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Hen Harriers tagged in Highland Perthshire

A Tay Raptor Study Group member has made the exciting discovery of a Hen Harrier’s nest on the National Forest Estate in Highland Perthshire.

Tay Forest District’s environment team was delighted with the find and helped to coordinate the protection and monitoring of these raptors with the ringing and satellite tagging of the chicks when they hatched.

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Woodland Officer vacancy

If you’ve always fancied practicing forestry in a fantastic location why not think about joining Forestry Commission Scotland’s Conservancy team in Argyll?

Based in Oban, a bustling port and gateway to the Isles, a Woodland Officer is no ordinary job - Argyll has the second largest softwood resource in Scotland and a busy area for commercial forestry. But forestry here is much more than spruce forests, there’s a huge variety of both places and people.

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Review of forestry planting approval procedures August 2017

Work to implement the recommendations of the Mackinnon review continues as we aim to reduce the complexity and cost of the tree planting approval process to deliver the national target of 10,000ha.

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Managing the risks of Hylobius abietis (large pine beetle) in restocking

The Large Pine Beetle (Hylobius abietis) is the most significant pest in Scottish forestry, feeding on the stems of young trees on restock sites, often causing serious damage or death of the tree.

Populations of Hylobius are large enough in some areas of Scotland to devastate a high proportion of a restock site.  The management of Hylobius is a key thread running through the new Forest Enterprise Scotland Restocking Strategy, relating to the pace of restocking and minimising the use of pesticides.

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A82 tree felling work above Loch Ness

One of our most challenging projects is the felling of nearly 100 year old trees on steep slopes high above the A82 between Glencoe and Inverness. The operations will help to improve the resilience of the A82 against unplanned road closures as a result of extreme weather or storm events.

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Plant health round-up

The risk of exotic pests and diseases arriving in Scotland is amplified with increasing globalisation, whilst future climate changes could increase the risk of their establishment, spread and impact.

Phytophthora ramorum, Dothistroma needle blight and Chalara dieback of ash remain the highest profile tree health issues in Scotland, and Action Plans for them remain under regular review. Other pests and diseases under close monitoring and management action include pine tree lappet moth and the great spruce bark beetle.

Constant vigilance against new threats, together with continued co-ordinated action to manage existing pests and diseases, is essential if Scotland’s forests are to remain economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. 

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