Arkaig Community Forest SCIO
Arkaig Community Forest is a charitable community organisation set up to acquire and manage a biologically and culturally rich native pinewood site in north Lochaber. These two remote forest blocks, covering some 1064 hectares on the south shore of Loch Arkaig, were sold by FCS to ACF and Woodland Trust Scotland in December 2016. The partnership between ACF and Woodland Trust Scotland is governed by a 'Memorandum of Understanding' and the partnership is overseen by an Advisory Board - consisting of members of each partner organisation along with representatives of the Community Woodlands Association, Highland Council and Forestry Commission.
The woods contain significant ancient native pinewood remnants, and are part of the iconic Loch Arkaig Pinewoods - a Caledonian Pinewood Inventory site of great biodiversity importance. We aim to restore and expand the native woodland habitats, and to improve the ecological, economic and social value of the woods, bringing multiple gains to the area, preserving and enhancing these woodlands for public benefit and reconnecting people with the land.