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Forestry Commission Scotland: Custodian of Scotland’s Future

As a public body, Forestry Commission Scotland is looking to safeguard the future of Scotland’s forests while using them as a valuable resource to improve the environment and the lives of Scottish people.

Woodland creation can play an important role in the reduction of carbon emissions as well as generating significant social and economic benefits. Scotland has set itself a target to reduce gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and in support of this the Forestry Commission Scotland aims to plant 10,000 hectares of new forest per year and provide 25% woodland cover in Scotland within the same timeframe.

Communication is a key objective for the Forestry Commission Scotland; this along with education will help the public to understand the importance of sustainable forest management and renewable energy such as biomass, which burns waste product from the timber industry. A well-managed forest has the potential to shape the future for Scotland.

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