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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

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New approach to deer management tenders

Monday, 22 March 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) inviting deer and wildlife management professionals to help shape the way that it tenders for deer culling contracts. Interested businesses are invited to help explore the potential of a more strategic approach to contracting and generate ideas to deliver these services in a differen...

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Views sought on plans for Strathspey forests

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting everyone with an interest in how its Strathspey forests are managed over the next 20 years to offer their views in an online consultation.    The new Land Management Plan, which covers a 92 km2 area including Glenmore and Inshriach, details how FLS intends to manage the site over the next ten years, and gives an indication of FLS’ plans for ...

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Forestry and Land Scotland welcomes venison campaign

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

While many Scots enjoy venison in restaurants and on special occasions at home, a new campaign is urging consumers to make venison a more regular feature in their diet. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is backing the drive by Scottish Venison Association to promote venison as a healthy and sustainable meat for everyday eating. The campaign is also being supported by Scottish Government. Ven...

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Safety measures on Loch Lochy walking routes during tree felling

Tuesday, 09 March 2021

People who are planning to take on the Great Glen Way or The Caledonian Way once COVID restrictions are eased are being warned to expect short delays at a section by Loch Lochy as Forestry and Land Scotland carries out some steep ground felling. (The affected section lies on the north shore of the loch, approximately 5km north from Gairlochy.) The operations, which will run from now until Marc...

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New electric vehicles for forestry agencies

Friday, 05 March 2021

The latest batch of electric vehicles for use by the Scottish Government’s forestry agencies has been delivered, eight Kia ENiro’s cars and three Nissan eNV200 light commercial vans. Purchase of the eleven new, zero-emission vehicles was made possible through the Transport Scotland’s Switched on Fleets & Infrastructure 20/21 Funding, and is a step towards Forestry and Land Scotland and ...

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Public asked to help stop Cow Hill vandals

Friday, 19 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Fort William team is hoping to tap in to local community spirit to deal with anti-social behaviour and vandalism at its Cow Hill Trail.  They are asking anyone with information about recent environmental damage at the site to contact Police Scotland on 101.  David John Robertson, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said;   “Cow Hill is an incredibl...

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Latest 're-green' of former coal site in Central Scotland

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Work to convert former open cast coalfield sites into new areas of forest will get off to a flying start in 2021 as Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) starts work at Damside.  The 475ha (1174-acre) site, (1.5km south of Shotts) which has been remediated and restored by Hargreaves Environmental Services, is bounded by upland forestry and windfarms to the south, and mixed pastures and woodland t...

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Helicopter help for Rest & Be Thankful fencing

Monday, 15 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is advising road users that there will be some traffic management on the A83 at Glen Croe later this month (25th and 26th Feb) as the next phase of the long-term slope stabilisation project gets underway.  The woodland creation project at the Rest & Be Thankful is a partnership project between FLS, Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, that aims to contri...

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South West Fife Forests Management Plan Consultation

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is looking for feedback on a draft land management plan for ten of its forests in South West Fife. The forests are Devilla, Balgownie, Tulliallan; Gartarry, East Grange, Lockshaw Moss, Middle Grange, Shiremill, Cadgerford and Muirside.  The draft plan sets out how FLS intends to balance the production of high quality timber, with protecting and enhancing f...

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Management plan consultation for former dairy farm

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is looking for feedback on its draft plans for Lewinside, a former dairy farm in South Lanarkshire, 3 km (just under 2 miles) south of Forth. The 65 hectare site wraps around Winnyknowe Wood, which is to the southeast, and is bordered by mixed agricultural land, and Mouse Water to the west. The draft plan sets out how FLS intends to focus on new woodland creation...

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A82 traffic management returns with steep ground felling programme

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising members of the public and road users that it is to reintroduce traffic management on the A82 as it prepares to resume its long-term felling work in October this year.  The highly challenging Steep Ground Felling Programme aims to clear mature and potentially unstable conifers from the steep slopes along the A82, and so removing the risk of them being bl...

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Snow joke! 

Thursday, 11 February 2021

With school mid-term approaching (15-17 Feb) and the recent snow falls making people keener than ever to get out and about for some exercise, Forestry and Land Scotland’s Glenmore team is reminding people that they should stay local and not travel far. The call comes as skiers and snow-boarders flock to the slopes in the area and create ‘log-jams’ of inappropriately parked cars that increas...

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