Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Reports for forestry projects

Forestry Commission Scotland has a statutory duty to consider proposals for the following forestry projects:

  • afforestation (planting of new woodlands)
  • deforestation (felling of woodland to another land use)
  • the construction and maintenance of forest roads and quarries

If after assessing proposals, we consider that they will have a significant effect on the environment, then we will ask the landowner to formally apply for consent under the Forestry (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. The landowner must submit an EIA Report that sets out how the project will deal with the significant environmental effects. We will assess the EIA Report and also seek the views of interested parties. We will then decide whether or not to grant consent for the proposals taking account of any responses we have received during our consultations. We will notify all interested parties about our decision.

We publish details of the decisions that we make about our assessments of forestry projects in our register of Environmental Impact Assessments.

EIA forestry projects that have completed the consent application process and received a decision from Forestry Commission Scotland are listed under EIA projects on the right hand column of this page. Click on the links to find out more.