Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is seeking to recruit four new members for the Grampian Regional Forestry Forum to advise on the development and implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy.
The Forum, one of five across the country, advises the Commission’s Conservancy staff, who oversee the promotion and regulation of forestry in general, and also advises the staff who manage the National Forest Estate in the Grampian region.
Current Forum Chair, Claire Glaister MICFor, said;
“This is a great opportunity for those with an interest in trees and woodlands to participate in policy development.
“We are looking for up to four new members who will be effective contributors in Forum meetings and who are strategic thinkers and good at working with others.
“Generally the Forum consists of 12–15 members who represent the economic, environmental and social aspects of forestry and land management interests.
“We would therefore welcome applications from those with a particular knowledge and experience base, perhaps in agriculture, woodland management, timber processing, planning or environment or conservation work.”
The Forum meets three times per year, although participation in working groups and attendance at the Scottish Forestry Forum may be necessary.
Each appointment is for a three year term, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further three years.
The roles of the regional forums are:
• to advise Conservators on regional implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy and provide a regional perspective on the Strategy’s future development;
• to develop close relationships with regional industry groups;
• to promote the principle of local forestry frameworks, indicative forestry strategies, and other woodland strategies; their development and implementation;
• to advise FCS on the suitability of frameworks and strategies which are in preparation;
• to advise FCS Forest District Managers managing the National Forest Estate on their Forest District Strategic Plans;
• where possible, provide linkages with Community Planning Partnerships.
Membership on the Forum is not a salaried position but reasonable travel and subsistence will be paid to those attending meetings.
Applications should be submitted to the above address no later than 20th November 2015 and will be sifted shortly after that.