Minister Hackett launches 2022 ITGA Forestry & Timber Yearbook
Minister with responsibility for Forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett, launched the 2022 ITGA Forestry and Timber Yearbook. In welcoming the Yearbook publication, it’s 33rd edition, the Minister said: ‘Given the Climate and Biodiversity crises we are facing, there has never been a more important time for us to work together to get the most from our trees. We need forests and woodlands in Ireland, for our communities, our climate, our biodiversity and our timber industry. We also need to get people planting, which is why the amount of information contained in the 2022 ITGA Forestry and Timber Yearbook is so helpful. It is essential reading for anyone who is either involved in forestry or considering planting and I want to commend the work of those who put it together.’
Pictured at the launch (from left to right) Pat Neville (Coillte, Sponsors of the Forestry Yearbook), Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Forestry, Donal Whelan (ITGA),
Brendan Lacey (Chairman ITGA), Donal Magner (Editor of the Forestry Yearbook), and Patrick Murray (Murray Timber Group, Sponsors of the Forestry Yearbook)
The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) Chairman, Brendan Lacey, thanked the Minister and said that,‘As a sector, forestry is ideally placed to form a core part of agriculture in Ireland, enhancing its sustainability through offsetting agricultural emissions, sequestering carbon and increasing biodiversity.’ He outlined that the Yearbook highlights the many attributes of forestry including its economic, environmental and social importance through the articles and statistical information in the publication.
Donal Whelan said that the 2022 Forestry and Timber Yearbook is one of the most important sources of information for the sector and it also highlights the sector’s profile nationally. The Yearbook contains 208 pages of valuable information for timber growers, forestry professionals, the timber industry and the general public. The mainstay of the publication is the industry statistics and the directory of services.
The ITGA Chairman concluded by saying that, ‘We cannot stress enough the importance of forests in terms of climate benefits, health benefits, locally grown timber for much needed housing, recreation and also food. The dramatic decline in tree planting in recent years must be reversed to achieve these beneficial goals and to meet our climate change mitigation targets.’
Brendan Lacey also thanked Coillte, the Murray Timber Group and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the main Yearbook sponsors, and the various companies, organisations and individuals who continue to support its publication.
Yearbooks can be purchased online for €14.90 (incl P&P)
For more information, see Press Release
FSC Standard for Ireland - Deadline for submissions extended to 10th January 2022
The deadline for comments on the new draft certification standard has been extended until 10th January 2022.
Engagement with standard setting is encouraged by all involved in forestry.
For more information and Submission Form, see https://www.groupcertification.ie/forest-certification/certification under Irish Forest Stewardship Standard
Winners RDS 2021 Irish Forestry and Woodland Awards announced
The 2021 RDS Irish Forest and Woodland Awards presentation took place today in Dublin. The Awards are organised by the RDS with support from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. Minister Pippa Hackett and RDS President Professor J. Owen Lewis were on hand to present these prestigious Awards.
For a list of winners, see the RDS website www.RDS.ie.