Views sought on land plans

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land is seeking the public’s views on de­vel­op­ing a 10year land man­age­ment plan be­tween Gate­house of Fleet and Lau­rieston.

Main themes in­clude pur­su­ing al­ter­na­tives to clear felling, con­serv­ing valu­able habi­tats, in­creas­ing recre­ation and build­ing roads for sus­tain­able har­vest­ing oper­a­tions. In­creas­ing species diver­sity and creat­ing more open ar­eas at vis­ually prom­i­nent sites also fea­ture.

The area com­prises three for­mer sep­a­rate for­est blocks – Lau­rieston, Glen­gap and Dis­dow – and is home to a na­tion­ally im­por­tant night­jar pop­u­la­tion.

The con­sul­ta­tion got un­der­way with a drop-in exhibition in Bal­maghie Public Hall.

Gal­loway For­est Park plan­ning of­fi­cer Ewan Wise­man and com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer Lyndy Ren­wick wel­comed the public through­out the day.

Ms Ren­wick said: “I thought the day was a success and we had in depth con­ver­sa­tions with 15 peo­ple.

“Top­ics ranged from larch dis­ease to en­hanc­ing species bio­di­ver­sity but the ma­jor­ity of is­sues con­cerned the proposed SPEN power line and the Gal­loway Na­tional Park.”

To view the plan visit https://scot­land. forestry.gov.uk/man­ag­ing/plans-and­strate­gies/ land- man­age­ment-plans/ con­sul­ta­tions/1918-lau­rieston.

Com­ments can be made to euan. wise­man@forestry.gov.uk.

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