Total of 7.5 million cubic metres of timber harvested
Scotland's timber harvest reached record levels last year new official figures show.
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) said 7.5 million cubic metres of forest was harvested in Scotland last year, more than half a million cubic metres more than 2010.
Last year's timber harvest was the highest ever recorded, FCS said.
Sawmills in Scotland also produced seven per cent more sawn timber last year compared to 2010 figures, the bulk of which was sold in the English markets.
Timber prices are currently two per cent higher than last year and favourable exchange rates are helping Scots businesses boost the home market as imports reduce.
Environment & Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said: “In a difficult global economic environment this is excellent news and goes to show that Scotland's forestry sector is in robust good health.
“As a mainstay of our rural economy, forestry plays a vital role in safeguarding communities and businesses across the country - and is increasingly winning a bigger stake in the domestic and international timber markets.
“The other good news is that Scotland's forests are maturing and over the next 10-15 years we expect to see further increases in harvesting.
“This should result in a steadier supply and bigger volumes of timber produced from Scotland's forests.
"This is an excellent position from which to build a stronger sector in the years to come."
The forestry sector contributes £670 million each year to the Scottish economy and supports around 31,000 jobs, mainly in rural areas.