Scottish Government’s commitment to forestry welcomed
The contribution of forestry to the Scottish economy is recognised in the Scottish Government’s programme for 18/19 published on 4th September.
James Hepburne Scott, President RSFS commented:
“This is an important commitment from the Scottish Government which will give some welcome stability to the forestry sector. It also sets forth a vision and ambition for the future. The RSFS will be happy to work with the Scottish Government in the development of the new National Forestry Strategy and to support the new arrangements for forestry as they move to implementation.”
The Programme for Government is available on the Scottish Government website here Programme for Government 18-19
Woodland reflections in the Autumn 2018 edition of ”Scottish Forestry”
Members and subscribers will be picking up the latest copy of Scottish Forestry, the Journal of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. A reflective image on the cover, “Letter from Home” by Peter Bowsher, picks up the historical theme of many articles in this edition.
Pearls of Wisdom
There’s more to forestry than trees. The Royal Scottish Forestry Society publishes a range of papers in its journal Scottish Forestry. The Neil Findlay Trophy is presented for the best paper which is “not a detailed account of conventional forest management, protection or research, but portrays wider perspectives of people’s involvement with trees, woodland and the environment”.
The 2017 winner is a paper entitled “Forest management and freshwater pearl mussels.” It was written by ecologists and freshwater mussel experts Dr Peter Cosgrove, Donald Shields and Cameron Cosgrove from Alba Ecology Ltd jointly with Forest Enterprise Scotland managers and ecologists, Neil McInnes, Suzanne Dolby, Derry Gunn and Kenny Kortland. A copy of the paper is available here.
Pine pest article wins trophy
A multidisciplinary team of four scientists from Forest Research have been presented with an award for their work by the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. Their work was published as a paper in the Autumn 2017 edition of the Society’s journal Scottish Forestry. Entitled “Pine-tree lappet moth (Dendrolimus pini) in Scotland: Discovery, timber movement controls and assessment of risk” it charts the development of this pest of pine trees since its discovery in Scotland in 2009. The paper brings together the work of Dr Roger Moore, an entomologist, Dr Joan Cottrell, a geneticist, Dr Stuart A’Hara, a genetic conservation specialist and Duncan Ray, a climate change/spatial ecologist.