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2017-02-16 12:35:32
Reforestation row in Scotland
An interesting brewing row in Scotland where Mountaineering Scotland have allied themselves with The Scottish Gamekeepers Association in concerns about reforestation.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/15/scottish-governments-forestry-strategy-called-into-question

In fairness to Mountaineering Scotland, after a backlash from their members, they have clarified their position saying they are not against forestation, just widespread commercial forestry with species such as sitka spruce, but would be in favour of native species. They also want to a see a strategic approach.

https://www.mountaineering.scot/news/clarification-on-joint-press-release-with-sga

From the comments in the original Guardian article, most walkers and climbers seem to be fully in favour of reforestation so long as it is native species and not planted in regimented blocks. There have also been suggestions that the tree line in Scotland would naturally leave the summits bare in most cases anyway. A quick google search wasn't successful in finding a clear answer on the tree line altitude in Ireland, although it seems that there are too many variables to actually give a clear answer.

Possibly a debate that we'll have in Ireland too at some point. I'd guess that if native species were used, it was not so dense as to make access difficult, and some views were maintained, most hill walkers would be in favour.
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