Minister of State Pippa Hackett announced the Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 last week, which gives a legal basis for the Forestry Appeals Committee (FAC) to introduce procedures that allow for the better management of the volume of appeals which were clogging up the system.

When the draft bill was opened for public consultation last August almost 9,000 submissions were received, with more than 80% favouring the draft bill. “These new arrangements will put in place an improved licensing and appeal system, which will be more fit for purpose and better serve all stakeholders,” said Minister Hackett.