One of the objectives of Scotland's Forestry Strategy is: "Improve the resilience of Scotland’s forests and woodlands and increase their contribution to a health and high quality environment".
Scotland’s rich and diverse forests and woodlands are important natural assets, and homes to a host of wildlife. Their continuing health and improvement is vital to the country’s future, not least because of their role in protecting and enhancing natural capital.
Communities across Scotland benefit from the goods and services that flow from natural capital, including biodiversity, timber, food, renewable energy, water purification, flood mitigation and cultural, recreational, educational and therapeutic experiences.
Scotland’s Forests absorb substantial amounts of carbon, helping to mitigate climate change and are home to range of species including 172 that are protected. Researchers at Stirling University have recorded over 1,000 speciies associated with Scottish forests.