The Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD) under the chairmanship of Michael Lynn recently established a number of working groups to look at important issues in the sector including promotion of afforestation, wood mobilisation and forecasting, the role of forestry in the bio-economy, forest genetic resources, the performance of mixed species forests and forest policy review.

These are now well under way. The group such as forestry and the bio-economy chaired by Gerard Murphy, for example, aims to determine the potential opportunities for the forest sector within the context of a future Irish bio-economy.