Views Sought On Moniaive’s Dalmacallan Forest Management Plan

Views sought on Moniaive's Dalmacallan Forest management plan
Image credit - Woodland Trust

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people in Dumfries to take part in the development of the Dalmacallan Land Management Plan.

The plan is concerned with 701 ha of coniferous forest  situated 3 km south east of Moniaive and focuses on sustainable timber production, climate change mitigation and conservation enhancement.

There are also proposals for changing the species mix in the forest to help it better withstand the future impacts of climate change.

Tom Harvey, FLS planning manager for the south region team, said;

“Forest management is a long-term business, so the draft plan looks at the next 10 years in detail and gives an indication of how we might manage it for the ten years after that.

“The plan aims to ensure that we can get the most out of these forests but there is a lot to consider and to plan for. This consultation on the draft plan will allow us to help explain opportunities and issues, such as how we will protect forest sustainability and diversity, and will let members of the public give us constructive comments that will help finalise the plan.

“Given the current public health crisis, we are unfortunately unable to hold public meetings or events and so have put everything online for people to view and feedback on at their leisure.

“However, anyone who for any reason is unable to take part in an online consultation can contact me at tom.harvey@forestryandland.gov.scot or on 07990627644.”

Other key points in the plan include how best to protect these forests from future threats, such as pests and diseases and the climate emergency.

The online consultation will remain open until 31 December.