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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22793: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 24 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to address the need for more data to address the reported under-management of native woodland, and whether these can be included in the new Scottish Forestry Strategy 2019-2029's implementation and monitoring framework.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 8 May 2019

Since 2012 the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland baseline report, and the long running Scottish Natural Heritage’s Site Condition Monitoring on Protected Areas, have provided data to identify native woodlands in unsatisfactory condition and requiring management. Scottish Forestry and SNH are now working with counterparts in other parts of the UK to ensure high quality monitoring data is available for the future.

The Scottish Government’s Forestry Strategy includes a commitment to increase the amount of native woodland condition in good condition, and activities to improve native forests and woodlands. The implementation and monitoring plan will include actions to take forward the Strategy’s commitments and priorities.