Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee begin scrutiny of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill
7 June 2017
The Committee began their scrutiny of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill today by taking evidence from the Scottish Government’s bill team, the Forestry Commission and Forest Enterprise Scotland. More detail can be found at the Committee's page on Meeting Papers & Official Reports.
Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee call for evidence
2 June 2017
The Committee today issued its call for evidence on the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. More details can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.
New organisational structures announced
11 May 2017
New organisational structures for forestry were announced on 11 May 2017 by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing. The new structures will be:
A new executive agency based on the existing Forest Enterprise Scotland:Forest and Land Scotland. This agency will focus initially on management and development of our National Forest Estate and has potential to take on a wider land management role
A dedicated Forestry Division, previously Forestry Commission Scotland, within the Scottish Government to lead on forestry policy, advice, regulation and grants
Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament
10 May 2017
The Forestry and Land Manangement (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 10 May 2017.
The policy aims of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill are to deliver:
Improved accountability, transparency and policy alignment
A modernised legislative framework
More effective use of Scotland’s publicly owned land
The Bill and accompanying documents have been published by the Scottish Parliament and more information can be found in the completing devolution section.