Forestry Commission Scotland - District Strategic Plans

PUBLISHED: Apr 22, 2014
CATEGORY: Current Open Consultations 

The national strategic directions document for the National Forest Estate (NFE) was published in 2013 and lays out in broad terms the story of, nature of, and vision for the NFE. These ten refreshed district strategic plans are the next level down in our planning framework and set out at the district level how different parts of the estate will contribute to the national picture.

This consultation seeks your views on the District Strategic Plans for management and delivery of benefits from Scotland’s National Forest Estate (NFE).

In particular the objectives of this consultation are to get your views on:

  • the strategic priorities and management principles for managing the NFE at district level;
  • whether there are any strategic gaps or omissions in these plans.

The consultation is aimed at:

  • people who use the public forest estate as part of their daily lives or have an interest in it;
  • people who do not use the estate but want to or who could potentially benefit from it;
  • people actively involved in the public forest estate (for example community woodland groups, volunteer groups);
  • minority groups with an interest in the estate (for example people from black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people);
  • potential investors who may be interested in business opportunities on the estate;
  • business partners including timber processors and contractors, leisure business providers using the estate, other businesses with an indirect stake (for example tourism businesses);
  • national and local government and key national and local stakeholders (for example Local Authorities, National Park Authorities);
  • national and local interest groups (for example Wildlife Trusts, Local Access Forums, Health Authorities, Community Councils);
  • national interest groups such as environmental and recreational non-governmental organisations and industry federations; and statutory advisers to Government

The SSA in consultation with its members will be submitting a response. Should you wish to submit individually or comment on a particular region, you can do so by clicking the below link:

FCS District Strategic Plans Consultation

SSA Submission to FCS Consultation June 2014