Scottish Forestry (SF) was established as an executive agency of the Scottish Government on 1 April 2019, following completion of the devolution of forestry as a result of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018
For administrative purposes we sit within the Scottish Government’s Economy portfolio. The Director General Economy has appointed the Director, Environment & Forestry to provide senior Scottish Government management oversight of the agency and of its relationship with the Scottish Ministers.
We are headed by Jo O’Hara, our Chief Executive, who also fulfills the role of Chief Forester.
The purpose of Scottish Forestry
We support the delivery of the Scottish Government’s priorities for Scotland's forests, through guidance, advice, incentives and regulations, and by advising Ministers on forestry policy.