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Forestry & Land Management Bill introduced to Parliament

The Scottish Parliament will consider forestry legislation for the first time in its history after the introduction of a Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. Scotland’s £1 billion forestry sector, which supports 25,000 jobs, could benefit from the Bill’s intended modern approach to forestry development, support and regulation.

New organisational structures for forestry in Scotland are also being announced.

Together these changes could enable the Scottish Government to better support the industry to create growth in the rural economy, mitigate climate change and develop the role forestry plays in health, education and recreation.

The Bill aims to deliver:

  • Improved accountability, transparency and policy alignment. Forestry will be fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament
  • A modernised legislative framework to develop, support and regulate the sector in Scotland
  • More effective use of Scotland’s publicly owned land. The national Forest Estate will be managed to deliver economic, environmental and social outcomes and the Scottish Government will be able to offer land management experience and expertise to others.

Separate to the Bill, the Scottish Government will create a new executive agency Forestry and Land Scotland and a dedicated division within government.


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