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Forestry and Land Scotland is working to clear up damage caused by winter storms to forests across the north.

A helicopter survey of the area has been undertaken to assess the scale and impact of the damage that includes fallen trees and blocked roads.

It is anticipated that in some locations work could take months with extensive tree clearance works and trail repairs needed.

Paul Hibberd, FLS’ Area Visitor Services Manager, said:

“The helicopter survey of the area was the most efficient and safest way to get an overview of the situation given many forest roads are blocked with fallen trees.

“Our teams have been clearing access along the Great Glen Way and at Uath Lochans along with hung up trees – those that have been blown over but have been caught on standing trees – near to private property and public roads.

“Further work is planned using harvesting machines where possible, and we are working with local timber merchants and sawmills to clear the fallen timber.

“We are still asking people to avoid risking their personal safety – or potentially their life – and not go into these forests until such time as we can declare them safe.”

FLS is asking visitors to:

  • always obey signage
  • stay well away from work areas
  • if a path or trail is blocked, turn back
  • do not walk around, climb over or duck under fallen trees

For public safety, car parks and trails at several destinations have been closed, including Feshiebridge, Uath Lochans, River Oich and Torr Dhuin.

Most of FLS visitor facilities do remain open however, people are advised to check FLS’ website for up-to-date information.

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Notes to editors

  1. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Ministers in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.

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  3. Media enquiries to Neil Ratley, Media Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland Media Office 07748 872 785 or