Industry Updates

Industry Update - July 2021

 


Minister Hackett launches roundwood production forecast 2021-2040

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett, announced the publication of the All Ireland Roundwood Production Forecast 2021-2040. The Report was prepared by COFORD, the Council for Forest Research and Development.

The forecast predicts that the annual potential roundwood supply will increase from 4.9 million in 2021 to 7.9 million cubic metres by 2035, followed by a small decrease to remain constant at about 7.6 million cubic metres up to 2040.

There is an online tool accompanying the forecast that allows users to generate their own regional forecast for an area of interest specified by the user. The portal facilitates the dissemination of comprehensive volume forecast information in an accessible, reproducible and transparent way.

For more information, see Press Release

 


PEFC Ireland commenced Public Consultation on IFCS

60-Day Public Consultation Period on the revised Irish Forest Certification Standard (3rd Edition) has now commenced.

An online template of the draft is available to view, download and comment on and can be downloaded HERE
(The IFCS Revision Consultation Template is a Word file with Green Shaded Comment Boxes for Stakeholder Comments.
Please only use the Green Shaded boxes for your comments i.e. do not make annotations in the draft documentation.)

Closing date for Stakeholder Submissions is: 29th August 2021

Please submit all completed Consultation Templates prior to the closing date to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, see www.pefc.ie or PEFC Ireland Public Consultation

 


RDS 2021/22 Irish Forestry and Woodland Awards - Entries Now Open

With a prize fund of €9,000 the awards promote the economic, environmental and social benefits of good forestry and farming. From magnificent historic woodlands, to innovative commercial forests, the awards reveal inspiring examples of the benefits and diversity of forestry in Ireland. The RDS is proud to play its role in highlighting the best in Irish forest and woodland management and showcase the vast potential that forestry offers rural Ireland.

Awards Categories:

  1. Production Forestry
  2. Teagasc Farm Forestry Award
  3. Community Woodlands Award

For details on how to apply contact the RDS Agriculture Foundation on 01-2407215 or see the RDS website www.RDS.ie/agriculture.

Entries for the 2021/22 Awards are now Open. Closing date for entries has been extended to Tuesday 10th August 2021

 


DAFM releases Update on Public Consultation on Forestry Projects

The Department has announced that it is making a change to the way in which Forestry projects that require Appropriate Assessments under the Habitats Directive are assessed

For further information see Circular 10/2021

 


Industry Update - June 2021

 


DAFM releases New Information on NIS Requirements for Licence Applications 

DAFM have updated the information required in Forestry Licence applications for Tree Felling and Forest Roading and are asking that Natura Impact Statements (NIS) should only be provided if specifically sought by the Department, and to ensure that Harvesting Plans are up to the standard outlined in 'Standards for Felling and Reforestation (2019)'.

For further information see Circular 8/2021

Note that 'Applications with NISs currently with the Department will continue to be prioritised.'

 


Industry Update - May 2021

 


DAFM releases Info on Planning Requirements for Ash Dieback Replanting Scheme

DAFM regularly releases 'updates' or Scheme Circulars for the forestry sector. These updates can be found in Forestry Grants and Premium Schemes 2014 - 2021 Circulars.

The most recent update to the Ash Dieback Replanting Scheme is 'Circular 05 of 2021 Ash Dieback and Planning Permission' which outlines a clarification from DAFM on the recently announced planning permission requirements.


Minister Hackett launches new book 'Wood as a Fuel'

The Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with responsibility for forestry, Senator Pippa Hackett, today launched a new publication called 'Wood as a Fuel'.

Wood as a Fuel by Pieter D. Kofman and Eugene Hendrick is a wide ranging, comprehensive publication covering all aspects of woodfuels, based on the latest information and evidence. Its five volumes describe the main woodfuels which are firewood, woodchip and wood pellets. Detailed information on raw material sources, seasoning, drying and production processes, transportation and quality issues are described for each of the fuels. Many examples of ways to improve product quality and efficiency are provided, designed to enable readers to produce and use high quality woodfuels.

Click HERE for full press release

This 'Wood as a Fuel' publication is also available through our Books section.


Bee Health on World Bee Day

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett visited the DAFM Bee Health laboratory today at the Backweston Campus in Co Kildare as part of the celebrations of World Bee Day today 20 May 2021. The Department provides a bee health service, free of charge, facilitating the early detection of pests and pathogens which is key to maintaining healthy stock of bees in Ireland.

DAFM’s Bee Health service also operates the Sentinel Apiary Programme along with volunteer beekeepers throughout Ireland. The aim of the programme is to ensure the early detection of three exotic pests, Small Hive beetle (SHB), Tropilaelaps spp. and the Asian Hornet.

For more information on Beekeeping and fact sheets on the Small Hive beetle Tropilaelaps spp. and the Asian Hornet, see 'Beekeeping and Honey'.

For information on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, see https://pollinators.ie/


Industry Update - April 2021

 


Irish Timber Growers Association call for public's assistance

The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) have called on the public to help prevent damaging forest fires by reporting immediately any land fires, even when small, to the fire brigade and relevant authorities. The speed of response is critical and often it is best not to assume that someone else will make that call. If in doubt call out the Fire Brigade and summon help.

Donal Whelan of the Irish Timber Growers Association has outlined that over the past 24 hours NASA's Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) has shown a number of real-time active fire locations in Ireland. With the current Met Éireann 'High' fire weather index indicator likely to reach 'Extreme' in the coming days, we must be particularly vigilant over the next few days and weeks and report land based fires to the fire brigade and relevant authorities.

FIRMS

In Ireland, this time of year is generally the highest fire risk season as ground vegetation is dead and dry following winter and many vegetation types have not yet greened up. Several hundred acres of forests and woodlands are destroyed by fire annually in Ireland which has a devastating impact on biodiversity and wildlife.

Forest fires also release massive amounts of smoke pollution and carbon into the atmosphere with significant implications for air quality and for those who suffer from respiratory illnesses. It also represents a significant personal economic loss to those farmers and landowners who have planted woodlands, seriously impacting on their personal income with knock on effects for local communities.

Donal Whelan of ITGA called for the public's assistance to help prevent forest fires and also to stop fires developing through vigilance particularly at this time of year and by calling out the Fire Brigade as soon as a fire is visible.

For further information, contact:
Donal Whelan, Technical Director, Irish Timber Growers Association
Tel: 087 2209422

See also our Forest Fire Prevention Page for information on reducing the risk of forest fire.


Industry Update - January 2021

 


Irish Timber Growers Association call for Carbon payments for landowners who plant trees

The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) have called for a mechanism to facilitate Carbon payments for landowners who plant trees and are calling for a Forest Carbon Code to be established in Ireland supported by Government that will facilitate such a credible Voluntary Carbon Offsets scheme for tree planting.

The association have made the case that woodland creation and sustainable forest management should be a source of income for growers through their carbon storage capability. This possibility is a reality in the UK, through their Woodland Carbon Code which provides reassurance about the carbon savings that companies can achieve by being associated with woodland planting projects.

Donal Whelan of the Irish Timber Growers Association stated that, 'there is now a massive worldwide market for such Voluntary Carbon Offsets and Ireland will miss out on this opportunity if we don’t establish such a credible and verifiable Forest Carbon Code'.

For full details, see ITGA Press Release 'GROWERS AND CARBON PAYMENTS'.

For further information, contact:
Donal Whelan, Technical Director, Irish Timber Growers Association
Tel: 087 2209422


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