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Aidy
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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Burrane Upper
conormcbandon 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 43m, Area: Burrane Upper, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland)...

  
Summit Comment
Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace 7 hours ago.
Parked at a layby further up the valley from the crossing point mentioned in James Sheerin's comment to do a circuit of Laghta Eighter and Knockakishaun. Access to Laghta Eighter was easy from hig...

  
Forum: General
2 baaags please
BleckCra 16 hours ago.
Yes Aidy. Apparently there's some bad grass going around.

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Kilmore
conormcbandon 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 26m, Area: Kilmore, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland) Kilmo...

  
Summit Comment
Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 a day ago.
Last Thursday (16/08/2018) a few friends and I decided to do a recce of a walk around Glentornan Lough. We started close to the Gaelic pitch on the southwestern shore of Lough Nacung Upper, passed...

  
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Oileán an Bhromaigh
conormcbandon 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 21m, Area: Oile?n an Bhromaigh, Galway Islands (Irelan...

Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 2 days ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

  
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Cnoc Mordain
conormcbandon 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 10.0km, Climb: 457m, Area: Cnoc Mord?in, South Connemara (Ireland) C...

  
Summit Comment
Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

  
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Barraderry
conormcbandon 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.2km, Climb: 40m, Area: Barraderry, Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland) B...

  
Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...


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