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Consultation underway for ACF application for certification under the Scottish Woodlands Group Certification Scheme.

29 January 2017

Aigas Community Forest is currently being assessed for forest certification under the Scottish Woodlands Group Certification Scheme.  Our hope is achieve certification of our forest to both Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) standards.

As part of the process, there is a 30-day consultation period for people to provide any pertinent comments they may wish to make regarding this issue, our forest and our ambition.  This consultation period will conclude on 1st March 2017. Any comments/opinions should be sent to: Andrew Leaver at

For a little more detail, the following text is taken from FSC documentation regarding the principles that we (and all certified forests) intend to adhere to:-

Environmentally appropriate forest management - ensuring that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest‘s biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes.

Socially beneficial forest management - helping both local people and society at large to enjoy long term benefits and also provides strong incentives to local people to sustain the forest resources and adhere to long-term management plans.

Economically viable forest management - meaning that forest operations are structured and managed so as to be sufficiently profitable, without generating financial profit at the expense of the forest resources, the ecosystem or affected communities. The tension between the need to generate adequate financial returns and the principles of responsible forest operations can be reduced through efforts to market forest products for their best value.


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