The Future of Forestry in Scotland


The Scottish forestry sector contributes substantially to our rural economy and a number of social and environmental outcomes, including climate change mitigation, biodiversity, natural flood management, recreation and people’s health and wellbeing.

Scottish Ministers currently determine strategy and policy for forestry in Scotland but the management of forestry - including of the Scottish Ministers’ National Forest Estate - has remained with the Forestry Commissioners (a UK Non-Ministerial Department and, since devolution, a cross-border public authority).

This consultation is primarily about completing the devolution of forestry to make the management of forestry directly accountable to Scottish Ministers.

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Why We Are Consulting

The aim of this consultation is to gather views on our planned approach to new arrangements for the governance, development, support and regulation of forestry in Scotland. Consultation responses will inform our policy on how this can best be achieved.

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Published Responses

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0131 244 6544

Key Dates

Status: Closed

Ran from 31 Aug 2016 to 9 Nov 2016

Other Information


  • People of Scotland


  • Environment and Climate Change,
  • Farming and Rural