Views sought on management of Glen Devon and Glen Sherup forests
Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Auchterarder and the Ochil Hills to offer their views on the land management plan for Glen Devon and Glen Sherup.
The two forest blocks, which cover roughly the same area as 1200 football pitches (1200 ha), are mostly made up of coniferous forest originally planted in the 1960s and 70s.
The plan, which covers the next ten years and also presents a longer-term vision for the management of the area, focuses on balancing several factors, including sustainable timber production, climate change mitigation and improving amenity.
Planning Forester, Nick Gough, said;
“As well as being an important centre for timber production these two forests also provide excellent opportunities for recreation with two public car parks allowing access to the woodlands and the wider hills beyond.
“These are important factors in the plan but other considerations include improving water quality and reducing flood risk, adaptation through restructuring the forest , conservation and habitat enhancement and much more.
“As with all of our Land management Plans, we’re keen 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 be open from Monday 5 July until Sunday 15 August.
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.