New man at helm of for­est fo­rum

The Oban Times - - News -

FOR­MER Fort Wil­liam doc­tor and High­land coun­cil leader, Michael Fox­ley, is the new chair­man of the High­land and Is­lands Forestry Fo­rum.

Dr Fox­ley, a crofter and long-time cam­paigner for the use of lo­cal tim­ber, will lead the fo­rum in ad­vis­ing Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land on pol­icy and prac­tice in the re­gion. He said: ‘I look for­ward to work­ing with com­mis­sion staff and the fo­rum to en­sure lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, busi­nesses and con­ser­va­tion in­ter­ests can all con­trib­ute to the ben­e­fits, health and vi­tal­ity of forests in the area.’

As well as this new role, Dr Fox­ley is a board mem­ber of the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, the High­land Health Board, the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands and a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Wild­fire Fo­rum.

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