Forestry Commission Scotland has appointed Sallie Bailey as forest district manager for the Dumfries and Borders region.
In her new role she will be in charge of the area’s National Forest Estate, ensuring that the forests and woodlands contribute towards the local and national economy.
Dr Bailey took up the role at the beginning of May and has been working with key stakeholders to develop the varied benefits that forestry can bring.
Welcoming her appointment, environment minister Aileen McLeod said: “Dumfries and Borders forest district is located in the most densely afforested area in Scotland. The forests and woodlands contribute greatly in terms of timber production, ecological and cultural value, renewable energy and, of course, recreation and tourism.
“The Scottish Government is striving hard to develop a fair and equal Scotland where women can play a significant contribution in every sector of industry. I am particularly pleased therefore that Sallie has been appointed to this role.”
Dr Bailey has been working within the Forestry Commission since 2002, previously providing policy advice and as a conservator covering the south of Scotland.
She added: “I look forward to leading the forest district in continuing to deliver a truly multi-purpose and sustainable forestry resource into the future.
“The area’s forests and woodlands are an amazing resource and loved by those who live in and visit the region. However, we do have challenges with the impacts of various tree diseases affecting the area.
“Part of my role will be ensuring our forests are resilient into the future and this will mean we will need to consider new approaches to forestry. Our team will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure forestry continues to play a valued role in Dumfries and Borders region.”
Before joining the Forestry Commission, Dr Bailey worked in northern California researching tropical rainforests and integration of agriculture and forests and other environments in North America. She has a PhD in Ancient Woodlands and land use change from Nottingham University (1998), and is a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.