Future Forest Case Study in UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On

This final case study examines a deliberative process of social discourse and learning intend to recover lost cultural values, create new meanings and imagine alternative futures for the Black Wood of Rannoch in Highland Perthshire. The Black Wood is the most significant remnant of ancient Caledonian pine forest in the Southern Highlands of Scotland, a product of hundreds of years of use and management; the forms of the dominant trees were shaped during the political upheaval of the 18th Century. In 1973 the Forestry Commission (FC) used conservation science to protect the forest from its own policies of intensive management; today the same logic of scientific conservation constrains public access and engagement, and effectively manages cultural values ‘out of the system’.

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