The Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor) welcomed the Minister’s presentation of the revised Scottish Forestry Strategy, in the development of which it has played an active role.
At the launch on Monday 09 October, David Crichton said, “This has been a highly consultative process and I would like to record our appreciations to the Forestry Commission Scotland and the Scottish Executive for ensuring that opportunity given to the industry and other stakeholders. It is good that Forestry Commission Scotland has responded to industry comment to recognise the important economic, social and environmental roles of forestry and the benefit of a growing sustainable supply of wood from Scotland's forests. The Strategy now reflects the many contributions that new woodlands, better management of existing woodlands and the use of timber can make to the Scottish economy and its people, especially in relation to climate change.
“We may not agree with every last detail or feel that everything we would like to have seen in the Strategy eventually made it there, but we did get the chance to make our points and we will continue to make our case.
“We look forward to working alongside the Commission and our other partners to ensure action on the ground, through the implementation plan and mechanisms such as the new grant scheme, delivers these benefits.”