Comments invited on Gamesleuch plan
Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Ettrick to offer their views on the land management plan for Gamesleuch.
This 477 hectare woodland (1km east of Ettrick) is mostly made up of coniferous forest originally planted in the early and mid 1970's.
The plan, which covers the next ten years and also presents a longer-term vision for the management of the area, focuses on sustainable timber production, climate change mitigation, conservation enhancement and adaptation.
Planning Forester, Tom Harvey, said;
“As with all of our land management plans, we’re looking at how we manage this site over the next ten years and also outline our ideas for the ten years beyond that.
“It’s really about getting the most out of the forest in terms of the timber it produces but is also looking at adaptations we can make to the forest to make it more resilient to the impact of the climate emergency.
“We’d be happy to explain the opportunities and issues, hear some ideas, and get some constructive feedback from members of the public.
“With COVID-19 still impacting on how we all work, we are not holding public meetings or events but we are putting everything online so that people can look at it and give feedback at their leisure.
The consultation will remain open until Friday 30 July 2021.
Notes to editors
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.