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Sustainable Management of Forests - LISS - (RP22501B)

This option is not open under 2014 transitional arrangements and has been closed to new applications since 1st October 2012.

The aim of this Option

Using Low Impact Silvicultural Systems (LISS) is an approach to management that helps increase small scale species and structural diversity in forests. It also generally causes less rapid change to the landscape and to the physical environment than clear felling systems and so can contribute to multi-purpose objectives.

The use of Low Impact Silvicultural Systems is based upon a presumption against clear felling and the use of natural regeneration and the creation of a varied forest structure containing a range of species.

Rates of Support

These are Annually Recurrent Grants, the rates of which are shown on the Sustainable Management of Forests page.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must own or lease the land
  • If you are a tenant or contractual licensee, you must discuss the proposed application with your landlord to make sure it does not break the conditions of your tenancy or licence, and submit a Landlord Notification Form with your Proposal.
  • If you have a tenancy or a licence with less than five years to run you must complete a Landlord Declaration form and ask your Landlord or the landowner to sign the declaration on that form.
  • You must have an approved Forest Plan for woodland areas over 100 hectares. For woodland areas less than 100 hectares a Management Plan is required at the time of your application.
  • The woodland must be at least 1 hectare in size.
  • The net costs of the work, i.e. your total costs minus any income, must exceed the grant payment.
  • We will expect you to use competitive rates for the work. We will use our standard cost rates as a guide to ensure that your indicative budget is value for money
  • We will only approve operations for the number of years remaining in an existing Forest or Management Plan
  • All your proposed management work must comply with the UK Forestry Standard
  • You must not be in receipt of any Deer Management grant support provided under Rural Priorities or the previous Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme for the land in your application.

Documents you need to provide with your Proposal

Before your Proposal reaches the "Proposal Commit" stage you must provide:

  • Management Plan
    For woodland areas less than 100 hectares a Management Plan or a completed Management Plan template
  • Forestry Outcome Plan
    The Forestry Outcome Plan will ask for certain information so that we can assess your proposal. This will include:
  • A brief description of the current structure of the woodland and why conversion to LISS would be appropriate
  • A description of the silvicultural system to be used and what this will achieve
  • A summary of the work you will carry out during the plan period
  • A map
    Showing the area of LISS and an indication of the areas in which thinning, appropriate felling and other management work will take place during the plan period. To ensure you mark your map correctly, please use the Mapping Guidance
  • Indicative Budget
    For each year in which you intend to carry out work, you must provide an indicative budget which includes a breakdown of the management work along with the estimated costs. We will expect you to use competitive rates in your indicative budget.
  • Deer Management Plan.
    This plan should include the deer management over the areas of woodland under this SMF option. Guidance about Deer Impact Reduction


Claims and Inspections

The grant for LISS is an Annual Recurrent grant and can be paid for up to 10 years. You must complete the Single Application Form ( SAF) to claim this funding.

Read more about making your claim and the deadline dates

Please note that you should keep evidence of actual costs/expenditure of the work you carry out each year so that we may inspect and verify that the costs exceeded the grant that you were paid.

List of links to relevant technical guidance

Further technical guidance for Sustainable Management of Forests

Forest plans

Deer management plan

UK Forestry Standard -$FILE/fcfc001.pdf

Joint Agency Fencing Guidance -