Scottish Forestry has a statutory duty to consider proposals for the following forestry projects:

  • afforestation (planting of new woodlands);
  • deforestation (felling of woodland to another land use); and
  • the construction and maintenance of forest roads and quarries.

If after assessing proposals, we consider that they will have a significant effect on the environment, then we will ask the landowner to formally apply for consent under the Forestry (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. The landowner must submit an EIA Report that sets out how the project will deal with the significant environmental effects. We will assess the EIA Report and also seek the views of interested parties. We will then decide whether or not to grant consent for the proposals taking account of any responses we have received during our consultations. We will notify all interested parties about our decision.

We publish details of the decisions that we make about our assessments of forestry projects in our register of Environmental Impact Assessments.

EIA forestry projects that have completed the consent application process and received a decision from Scottish Forestry are listed under EIA projects on the left hand column of this page. Click on the links to find out more.

Current EIA Consultations

Acha-bheinn woodland creation project, Argyll
Location – Kilmichael Glen, NR 855 978 

An Environmental Report has been prepared by Scottish Woodlands for consideration and comment.  The Environmental Report is available for public consultation for a period of 30 days as required under the Forestry (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. 

The proposal is for the establishment of a mixed forest totalling 139 hectares made up of productive conifer planting, new native woodland and areas of open ground. 

The EIA report has been prepared following Scottish Forestry’s EIA screening determination dated 22 September 2017, which highlighted the potential for significant effects on the environment relating to the cumulative impact of woodland creation on black grouse. 

The consultation period has been extended due to correction and stakeholder requests, therefore comments on the proposal are invited and should be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st July 2020.