Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, this week welcomed the appointment of a new Forestry Commissioner for Scotland, Amanda Bryan.
Ms Bryan - the first woman to serve as a Forestry Commissioner for Scotland - is a rural development consultant in the Highlands and Islands and has a background in sustainable marine, rural and community development.
Ms Bryan said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed Forestry Commissioner for Scotland and I hope to be able to promote the role of communities in achieving multiple benefits from our forests and woodlands.
“Looking forward I feel forestry can play a significant role in helping our communities achieve resilience in the face of future economic challenges and the potential impacts of climate change."
Ms Bryan has been appointed for an initial term of three years from July 2012, and will also serve on the Forestry Commission's National Committee for Scotland.