New forestry bill is in­tro­duced

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Forestry leg­is­la­tion will be con­sid­ered by the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion of a Forestry and Land Man­age­ment (Scot­land) Bill, an­nounced last Wed­nes­day (May 10).

Scot­land’s £1 bil­lion forestry sec­tor, which sup­ports 25,000 jobs, will ben­e­fit from the bill’s mod­ern ap­proach to devel­op­ment, sup­port and reg­u­la­tion. New or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­tures for forestry in Scot­land are also be­ing an­nounced.

The bill hopes to de­liver: im­proved ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency and pol­icy align­ment, mod­ernised leg­isla­tive frame­work to de­velop, sup­port and reg­u­late the sec­tor in Scot­land, and more ef­fec­tive use of Scot­land’s pub­licly- owned land.

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

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