Scotland last had a new Forestry Act in 1967 and it looks very likely that it will get a new one exactly 50 years later, in 2017.
To complete the full devolution of forestry, the Scottish Government recently launched a consultation – which ends on November 9th – to decide how to shape that future.
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, has pledged to listen carefully to what the forestry sector in Scotland wants, as he understand the importance of a sector worth £1 billion to the economy which provides more than 25,000 jobs.
Mr Ewing is committed to delivering Scottish Government’s ambitious planting targets of 100,000 hectares in the decade to 2022 – and already taken specific action to deliver that, by appointing a former Chief Planner to free up the bottlenecks and blockages to planting applications.
Mr Ewing is also holding two forestry summits, and he painted a bright future for forestry ahead of the first one last week in this blog.
Public Affairs Co-op works with Confor, the trade body representing 800 forestry and timber businesses in Scotland, and has helped Confor to build a positive and constructive relationship with Scottish Government.
PAC will continue to work closely with Confor, the Scottish Government and all other interest groups to ensure that the new Forestry Act will serve Scotland well for the next 50 years!