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Healthy habitats, iconic species, rare plants and ancient monuments all contribute to a vital sense of place and belonging, whether they’re found on the doorstep of our cities or in the furthest reaches of our uplands. We are committed to ensuring the natural and cultural heritage on the land we manage is protected, conserved and enhanced.

Birch woodland (taken by Mark Hamblin)

The scale of our national forests and land allows us to manage whole landscapes, restoring, enhancing and linking habitats. Its diversity means we look after a range of rare and threatened species and many significant historic assets. We protect and conserve priority habitats, tackle invasive species, monitor key species and record the historic environment. The way we manage our national forests and land also helps to reduce Scotland’s environmental footprint and mitigate the disruption caused by a changing climate.

Wood anemone flowers (taken by Mark Hamblin)

Our environment underpins everything we do, and we take an ecosystem approach to our stewardship of it. Scotland’s rich and diverse forests and woodland are important natural assets and their continuing health and improvement is vital to sustainable economic growth, not least because of their role in protecting, maintaining and enhancing natural capital and providing a range of ecosystem services.

We are committed to safeguarding our most special places, both large and small; undertaking sustainable land management in a way that benefits people and communities; enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services through landscape-scale management; contributing to the Scottish Government’s climate change targets; and complementing and balancing the forestry and land management being undertaken by other land managers.

Learn about our work

The following pages describe our work and explore a number of detailed case studies.

Man tending to plantsWildlife conservation

Learn about our work to help secure the futures of Scotland's iconic flora and fauna.

Wildlife conservation


Small waterfall directed by stone flood defencesHabitat conservation

Learn how we manage a rich tapestry of diverse habitats to provide a home for a wide variety of wildlife.

Habitat conservation


Forest with windfarm in the distanceTackling the climate emergency

Scotland’s forest and land have a key role in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The Climate Emergency


A standing stone and ruined cottage at KnapdaleHistoric environment conservation

Just as we care for the natural environment, we are responsible for looking after historic landscapes that contain many sites of archaeological interest.

Historic environment conservation

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