Clear Felling to Tackle Climate Change
Plans by the Scottish Government to lease a quarter of the forests it owns to private firms have sparked huge concern.
The proposals have prompted fears that international investment companies could use the Forestry Commission land for commercial forestry, with little concern for protecting wildlife, ensuring public access, or promoting the use of the woodlands for tourism.
This has led to accusations that the SNP government, which has in the past opposed measures that hint at privatisation, would be essentially putting the land under private management and "selling off the family silver".
The proposals, outlined in a consultation paper, would be aimed at generating millions from the forests to spend on initiatives to tackle climate change.
Is there any measure a government takes now to raise a bit of cash that isn't excused by "tackling climate change"?