The Scottish Government has launched a 10-week consultation on the future of forestry in Scotland, which ends on November 9th - to canvass opinion on a sector which employs more than 25,000 people and is worth £1 billion to the Scottish economy.
The consultation is designed to "complete the devolution of forestry to make the management of forestry directly accountable to Scottish Ministers". It also proposes to replace the Forestry Act 1967 with a modern approach to the development, support and regulation of forestry. A new Act is part of the SNP's Programme for Government.
This seminar - building on a sell-out conference in March - will examine the reasons for the full devolution of forestry and what needs to be done to move a highly successful sector on to the next level.
A legal expert from Turcan Connell will explain what a new Forestry Act might look like and the parliamentary process to get there. Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, which represents 800 forestry and wood-processing businesses in Scotland, will describe his vision for a sector which can deliver an enormous range of economic, environmental and social benefits.
The seminar is intended to raise awareness of the consultation and encourage as wide a range of responses as possible.
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