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Annual Report Dingwall District (West) 1981-82
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No: 3749   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1982
Annual Report Dingwall District (West) 1981-82

The report is courtesy of Inverness, Ross and Skye forest District and lists the main activities and comments on the work for year April 1981 – March 1982. The document was written up by George Dey (District officer) from individual forest reports submitted from the foresters in charge of Skye, Torrachilty, Achnashellach and South Strome Forests. The District officers’ reports would be compiled to complete the annual report for the North Conservancy and then placed in files and forgotten about!
The first part of George Dey’s report lists the changes in supervisory staff:
John Campbell (Forester) retiring from Lewis and not replaced
Keith Mills (Forester) transferred to Naver Forest and replaced by S M (Steve) Smith
Fred McCreadie (Forester) transferred to Farigaig and not replaced
John Spittal (Forester) to Fort Willaim (P and E Surveys) and replaced by W F (Bill) Rayner.
On the industrial worker side the numbers at Achnashellach dropped from 16 to 14, and in Skye J MacPherson retired after 47 years service. Several deaths were noted that of Ganger Donald Maclean, tragic drowning of George Michie and in Torrachilty Forest death of G Ross (Winch Operator.
House and land sales continued strongly often to sitting tenants. The winter weather of 1980/81 was marked by severe frosts and high snow falls that stopped work programmes for quite some time in some forests and resulted in many areas of snow break on forest trees. Dollar Helicopter working on aerial fertilising programmes, fire season was short and protection systems given a boost by the installation of new transceiver on BBC mast at Plockton. Harvesting struggled with closure of the wood intake to Fort William Pulp Mill and the drop in timber prices overall – cable crane extraction virtually ceased, FC harvesting workers who left were not replaced and so on. The poker supplies to Aluminium factories at Kinlochleven and Fort William continued (over 11, 000) 12ft lengths to Klv and 20ft lengths to Ft Wm.
There is first mention of large EEC funded support system to the tune of £20 million being planned for the Outer Hebrides. More details in the individual Forest Reports all included in the attached PDF.
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