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The A82 Project will harvest trees and make safe the hillsides that we manage above the A82 trunk road between Glencoe and Inverness. The project, which started in 2012, will take some 10 to 15 years to complete.

Why are we doing this work?

The trees on these hillsides were planted in the 1920s and 1930s when the road bore no resemblance to the busy trunk road that it is now. The trees on these slopes are now mature and of an age for harvesting. Failure to remove them will increase the risk of them being brought down by heavy winds, which will mean increased risk to the fabric and amenity of the A82.

Who are we working with?

As well as using our own civil engineering, harvesting and planning staff the work delivered to date would not have been possible with the ongoing effort and support of our geotechnical contractor Geo-Rope, Mott MacDonald (consulting engineers), Calum Duffy of Duffy Skylining (harvesting contractor), the emergency services, Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, and The Highland Council.

Skyline contract procurement

Large scale harvesting operations have been underway above the A82 since the start of the 2013. The initial operations at Glen Righ (south of Fort William) involved a harvester/forwarder team (with tree surgery support) working immediately adjacent to the A82, and a skyline winch team working opposite the Loch Linnhe picnic site and extracting trees uphill to the forest road.

From April 2013, Mull based Duffy Skylining Ltd have been engaged to undertake most of the skyline winch work under the A82 Project Area. Duffy Skylining have 23 years of experience in the forestry sector and have recently invested in a new skyline winch that is capable of pulling trees as heavy as 7 tonnes. Since Sept 2013 they have successfully delivered harvesting operations at Loch Lochy, Invermoriston and are now working at Glen Righ.

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