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  • 1. Helen McDadeHead of Policy Protecting Wild Land in the UK Challenges and Solutions

2. John Muir born April 21st 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland 3. El Capitan, President Roosevelt Yosemite & John Muir 4. John Muir TrustUK organisation which aims to protect and enhance wild land ensure that wild places are valued by all sectors of society4. By owning and managing wild land5. By raising awareness of its value6. Through advocacy for better protection 5. Land ownershipand partnership Owns 9 key areas of wild land Works with crofting and communityinterests Works in partnership with communitiesin other key areas, where invited Welcomes exploration and discovery 6. Sandwood Bay Sutherland 7. Bla Bheinn, Cuillins, Skye 8. The battle for conservation will go onendlessly. It is part of the universal battlebetween right and wrong. John Muir (1838-1914) As inscribed on the Scottish Parliament wall 9. Third strand of Trust work- is on strategic policy issuesWild Land campaign running For better protection of wild land (Petitions to Scottish Parliament & UK) Better statutory protection National energy strategy 10. Definition of wild land? 11. JOHN MUIR TRUST DEFINITIONThe Trust regards large areas of high scenicand wildlife value with minimal evidence ofmodern human development as core WildLand.It is a holistic concept which embraces both ecological quality and diversityand the landscape aspects important topeople for its aesthetics and spirituality 12. Where is the wild land? John Muir Trust map Top 10% in UK (blue) How well protected is it? (Wild Land Research Institute mapping for Trust) 13. Scottish Natural Heritage Much more detailed resolution than the Trusts map using cell size of around 50metre square. Mostly similar areas highlighted Main significant exception is islands. Where will this leave Western Isles and Shetland? 14. Wild land faces major threatsSNH Natural HeritageIndicatorVisual influence of built developmentand land use changethe extent of Scotland unaffected byany form of visual influence declinedfrom 41% in 2002 to 28% in 2009 15. Map gives tool for policydecisions E.g. Beauly Denny pylon route 16. Transmission impacts - Beauly Denny was start of major UKexpansion Power needs to get to south England Many other lines now on cards fromWales; Cumbria; East Anglia Has the cost-benefit analysis been done? How is natural environment valued? 17. View from Callanish standing stonesto Muaitheabhal, Western Isles 18. Looking towards site ofMuaitheabhal wind development 19. Approved Muaitheabhal development (photomontage)Public Local Inquiry into previous design, in NationalScenic Area, found landscape and visual impactsunacceptableDeveloper redesigned outside the NSA; no furtherpublic involvementIs this the right development, in the right place? 20. Shetland VikingDevelopment103 turbines145metre high 21. Shetland Viking proposed development103*145metre high turbines Consented without public inquiryDevelopers photomontage of a smallpart of site 22. How to protect?John Muir Trust discussion paper -OPTIONS2.A new wild land designation (petition inScottish Parliament)3.New, and enlarged National Parks4.Improved National Scenic Areas (NSAs)5.A light touch approach through planningguidance and legislation 23. IUCN ideal forum? Unintended consequences of devolution different remits, causing lack of joined-upthinking and ability to pass the buck Needs a UK body to take a role inreviewing the problems of differentadministration remits environment;planning; economic drivers And bring pressure for joined-up policy 24. Do something for wildnessand make the mountainsglad.John Muir


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