Although timber production is the primary long-term aim of Jerah, it also applies the objectives of the Scottish Forestry Strategy to secure other benefits - including flood risk mitigation, peatland restoration, public access and habitats for birds.
The woodland is only just establishing, but already a pair of short-eared owls have nested on the site, black grouse are using the upper margins, and red kites, kestrels and buzzards are frequent visitors.
The multi-purpose benefits provided by Jerah have been recognised with awards for its careful balance of delivering for the environment, economy and community.
Two PhD studies are underway by Heriot Watt University to examine the risk of water run-off from different types of planting and to record the impact on Menstrie below. The aim is to learn more about appropriate soil cultivation and the role of woody debris in natural flood management in a flood-prone area - and to learn lessons for planting future forests.
Mairi Gougeon added: “This is an exciting time for forestry in Scotland. On 1 April, new fully devolved arrangements will come into place, including two new forestry agencies that will play a significant role in taking forward the Scottish Government’s ambitions and priorities including delivery of Scotland’s new Forestry Strategy.
“Key to building on our hugely successful forestry sector is the close working relationship between government and all our stakeholders involved in land management - Jerah showcases this approach.”