Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has renewed his calls for the SNP Government to undertake a feasibility study for a Galloway National Park.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP made the call as part of a debate celebrating the centenary passing of the Forestry Act in the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Carson says the region is the ideal place to start rolling out new National Parks, which he believes can be a major boost to the rural economy.
He called on the SNP Government to lay out the processes for initiating consultations and feasibility studies for a Galloway National Park, rather than continuing to put barriers in the way of campaigners, after they finally backed calls to designate new national parks.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “I have constantly called for a Galloway National Park since my election in 2016 and this debate celebrating our forestry industry was a perfect chance to renew those calls.
“Previously campaigners have continued to push their case with the SNP Government only for more barriers to be put in their way.
“The Scottish Parliament have backed the calls from myself, colleagues and campaigners. I believe the SNP Government now need to seriously look at the what the Galloway National Park campaigners need to do to trigger the consultation and feasibility study process.
“Today’s vote should reinforce the positive case for ensuring Galloway is the next designated national park.
“It would have a truly transformational change on the region’s economy and environment and help to bring new jobs and sustainable growth.
“I will be continuing to monitor any progress the SNP Government do make towards the creation of a Galloway National Park, having appeared very reluctant before now.
“I will push relevant Ministers into revealing plans to make a Galloway National Park a reality once and for all, after the campaign was championed by my predecessor Sir Alex Fergusson, all those years ago.”