Here's a quick update on what we've been up to since our last entry:
300,000 TREES - we've been doing some sums and worked out that since 1999 KFT has planted over 300,000 trees. This goes a long way in helping achieve the shared vision of linking up the woodland habitat on the peninsula from Loch Nevis to Loch Hourn. And we will be planting more next Spring in a new woodland at The White Gate (above Sawmill Wood).
WOODFUEL - the woodfuel shed is well and truly up and running - 2015/16 has been a record firewood sales year with 170m3 sold to customers in Knoydart and Mallaig. We converted our firewood processor to run on electricity from our community hydro electric supply making our firewood even more carbon friendly!
PHASE 2 FELLING - as part of the restructuring of Inverie Woods the second harvesting operation took place in 2015. This work is essential to remove unstable blocks of conifer monoculture and to clear significant windblow and in this instance to protect our community electricity powerline.. 3,500 tons of timber was exported by boat and we kept 1,000 tons to meet local woodfuel and timber needs.. The area will be replanted in 2016/17 with a mix of tree species.
FOREST PLAN REVIEW - We are in the process of reviewing our Woodland Management and Forest Plan and have hosted a number of community events throughout the year - guest speakers, walks & talks, workshops, scoping meeting - and issued a questionnaire to make sure that the views and thoughts of the community are reflected in the renewed plans. Alot of interesting and exciting ideas have come out of this and we look forward to finalising the plans for the next 20 years by November. and then implementing them.