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3 November 2011

Standards Set For Scotland's Forest Management

Minister for the Environment & Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, today (Thursday 3 November 2011) welcomed the launch of the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS), which sets the benchmark for sustainable forest management in Scotland.

Developed by the Forestry Commission and the Northern Ireland Forest Service in consultation with a wide range of interests, the UKFS applies to all woodland, and is the code of practice for forest management.

Mr Stevenson said:

“This is a welcome addition to the ongoing effort to ensure that forests and woodland across Scotland – and indeed the UK – are managed sustainably and in ways that enhance the economic, social and environmental benefits of forestry.

“As well as underpinning the new Woodland Carbon Code, the UKFS will ensure that woodland management practices are in line with current international agreements and conventions.”


Mr Stevenson also welcomed the revision of supplementary guidelines on how to meet the requirements of the Standard, which has made them more accessible, and the fact that no new regulations or burdens have been introduced.

Further details about the UKFS and Guidelines, including updates and links to supporting information, can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/ukfs.

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