SCOTTISH Forestry (SF) has launched a new web portal that provides access to a huge volume of information helpful to foresters, land managers, developers, teachers, students, researchers and anyone with an interest in how Scotland’s land is managed.

The Open Data hub, developed as part of SF’s improvement programme, is designed to be easy to use, is clearly laid out and offers 70 geospatial data sets.

David Signorini, Scottish Forestry chief executive, said: “This is one of Scottish Forestry’s first big milestones in our improvement programme. Our team has put in a sterling effort to bring this project to life and I think everyone who needs to access this information will find the new website a great help.

“The principles of open information have been behind the design at every step of the way so the portal is easy to find, read and use. As well as making life simpler for land managers, these qualities make it attractive for non-professionals, too, with links to Scottish Forestry’s map viewer and Scotland’s environment land information search helping to paint a comprehensive picture of Scotland’s landscape.”

The data, which is downloadable for use in geographic information systems, covers areas such as administrative boundaries, forestry grant scheme options and claims, grant scheme target and eligibility areas, plans and felling, and a range of surveys and inventories.


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