Andrew Doyle, minister of state with responsibility for forestry, announced the publication of the Department’s Forest Statistics - Ireland 2017 last Friday. “The report is prepared by my Department and is the reference document for forestry statistics in Ireland,” he said. “Its thoroughness and ease of access mean that it is the definitive compendium of up-to-date information on forestry.”

The publication provides statistics about afforestation trends, nationally and on a county-by-county basis, up until the end of 2016. It tracks forest road building, thinning and clearfelling activity as well as a range of other forest management operations. Information is available on log prices but needs updating. The report also features data on employment and forest protection including fire and pest damage. Key information includes: