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Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting residents living in communities in the Selkirk and Galashiels area to offer comment on proposals for the future management of Yair Forest.

The Yair Land Management Plan (LMP) defines the management prescription for the next ten years (2023-32), and presents the vision for the long-term management of the area.  

The main management objectives in this plan focus on sustainable timber production, maintained diversification of structure and resilience to climate change.

FLS Planning Forester, Tom Harvey, said;

“We first consulted on this a few years ago but were unable to take the development of the plan forward because other priorities took precedence.

“The comments we received at the time are still valid but given the length of time that has passed, we thought we’d give people a further chance to offer comment.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to gauge the feelings of local communities and to find out what’s important for local people. “

A consultation event was run in 2017 on the Yair Land Management Plan but organisational restructuring and the prioritisation of other areas of work delayed its development.

The relevant documents and maps - and a feedback form – are available online for anyone who would like to offer a view. 

Comments can be submitted until the end of August.

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 Paul Munro, Media Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland Media Office 07785 527590 or