Scotland: Campaign against public forest climate leases gets stronger

The SNP Scottish Government has clearly attempted to sell off publicly
owned Forestry Commission forests to private timberland companies with
the plans hidden deep within the Climate Change Bill. This would see
the most commercially viable forests being leased for up to 75 years –
possibly to foreign investors.

The forestry provisions in the Scottish
Climate Change Bill can be read by clicking on the headline above.
Andrew Reeves of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has written a good
piece on this in Liberal Democrat Voice – see
http://www.libdemvoice.org/news-from-scotland-save-our-forests-9371.html.A
recent letter from the Environment Minister to the Convener of the
Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee implies
that the SNP has finally sussed that their discredited proposals to
sell off swathes of Scotland’s forests is maybe not the best idea ever
thought of. Let’s hope that it is the case. You can read more about
the LibDem campaign to Save our Forests at:
http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/saveourforests
http://www.dundeewestend.com/2009/01/save-our-forests.html

The picture above features Jim Hume MSP, who is leading the Scottish
Liberal Democrat campaign against this daft SNP proposal.

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