Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting feedback as it reviews its ten year plan for Kirroughtree Forest.
The forest, which is three times the size of Dumfries, encompasses several ancient woodlands and is also one of the world-class 7Stanes mountain bike venues.
The review of the land management plan will define how FLS looks after the forest for the next ten year period, and have a bearing on the ten years after that.
FLS is asking members of the public to give their views and have a say in how the plan is finalised.
FLS Forest Planner, Carol Finch, said;
“As a popular visitor destination recreation is always a focus for our work but recently the local team has been concentrating on recovering from Storm Arwen and felling diseased larch.
“Protecting designated heritage is also a key area for us and native woodland restoration through the clearance of invasive species and regeneration work regen/invasive clearance.
“Although we’re not proposing any major changes to what we are doing, we are looking to step-up our ancient woodland restoration, maintain an enjoyable visitor experience and further our work with partners to improve biodiversity.
“Achieving all of this while also continuing to see a steady supply of timber head to market is quite a challenge.”
All of the relevant documents, as well as guidance on how to give feedback, are online but FLS will also host two drop-in events at the Kirroughtree Visitor Centre to give local residents a chance to find out more about the proposals.
The events will be staged on Wednesday 19th October (12 pm – 4pm) and Thursday 20th October 10 am – 2 pm.
Anyone who would like to find out a bit more about the elements of forest management fit together is welcome to come along to the drop-ins where FLS staff will be on hand to answer questions.