Native Woodland Restoration
proposal is to restore and expand the woodland area such that native
woodland types appropriate to the site are encouraged, with integrated
open ground habitats, also restored where necessary.This will involve
harvesting and possible extraction of non-native conifers, motor manual
fell-to-recycle operations where extraction is not viable, and manual
removal of non-native regeneration.
regeneration of native species will be facilitated through careful
management of herbivore impacts, perhaps including controlled grazing of
cattle as successfully carried out by FCS elsewhere on Loch Arkaig and
in Glen Garry. Propagation of trees using locally collected seed and
other material will be a priority, possibly generating a small scale
local tree nursery enterprise/project.
trees will then be used for enrichment planting when and where
necessary, as well as new planting for woodland creation in open areas.
Bog habitats will be restored, including blocking drains where
necessary, and an essential backdrop to all the above will be regular
inspection, repair and maintenance of fences.
A number of rural development forestry activities are proposed, which could also provide multiple community benefits.
Licences are a new model of forest tenure being promoted by the
Scottish Woodlot Association. In return for payment of an annual rental, the
licensee has the right to harvest timber according to an Allowable
Annual Cut (AAC) agreed in advance with landowner, with whom they also
agree a management plan. The licensee is responsible for the management
of the forest, including restocking the areas harvested. The arrangement
allows individuals and their families to access woodland to manage
and to use and add value to the timber harvested, supporting their
lifestyles and livelihoods. Management is of high quality, on account of
the personal input of the licence holder and the intimate knowledge of
the forest they acquire over the years. The approach is well suited to
areas which are particularly sensitive and/or are difficult to manage
through conventional methods (eg due to access constraints). Such a
situation well describes the Glenmallie block and it is therefore
proposed that a number of woodlots could be established here. These
will play their part in delivering sensitive restoration
of the native pinewood, provide opportunities for local people to
develop woodland-based businesses, and provide an income to the project
through annual rents.
Woodfuel and Firewood
communities such as those of Achnacarry, Bunarkaig & Clunes,
surrounded as they are by extensive tracts of woodland, firewood should
be the fuel of choice for all residents, and the community should be
comfortably self-sufficient in fuel. However the reality is that
residents often find it hard to source an adequate supply of firewood, and we hope that local ownership and control of the woodlands will help to change this and to help us to replace oil and coal with a renewable source of heat.