Main RDS forestry awards go to Donegal, Cavan, Kilkenny and Cork
Donal Magner
Winning entries beat off strong competition from forests in counties Wicklow, Laois, Waterford, Meath, Limerick and Louth.
8 May 2024 Forestry
Aftermath of ash dieback action plan
If lessons are learned from the ash dieback review the sector can move forward, especially if taskforce recommendations are implemented by the Department and long-term issues are addressed.
1 May 2024 Forestry
Edenderry Power now completely wood-reliant
Bord na Móna’s Edenderry plant purchases 500,000t of wood biomass annually, including 87% of material from Irish small and low-quality logs, woodchips, sawdust and forest brash.
Ash dieback payment of €5,000/ha in lieu of revenue losses
Annual premiums ruled out, but €5,000/ha payment provided, while issues remain about capping site clearance costs at  €2,000/ha for a new ash dieback package which has received a cautious welcome.
1 May 2024 Forestry
Construction group promoting homegrown timber
The Timber in Construction Steering Group has identified five themes, designed to transform timber usage in sustainable building. Donal Magner reports.
17 April 2024 Forestry
Forest size and profitability
Donal Magner asks if there are opportunities for forestry to be the main farm income source rather than an alternative revenue.
10 April 2024 Forestry
Quantifying non-market benefits of forestry
As members of the public make 29 million visits to Irish forests annually, is there a case for quantifying this public good aspect forestry, asks Donal Magner.
3 April 2024 Forestry
Conway to step down as CEO of Western Forestry Co-op
Conway wouldn't be drawn on future plans but said she will maintain her interest in forestry.
3 April 2024 Forestry
Honesty needed by Government on the role of productive forestry
Not only is productive forestry being obstructed, native woodland projects are also failing.
20 March 2024 Forestry
Planting trees in a more diverse farming enterprise makes financial sense
The new forestry programme is very ambitious, both in terms of targets, and in balancing economic objectives with wider environmental and social objectives, writes Barry Delaney.
20 March 2024 Forestry
Forestry programme: pick a scheme that fits your needs
There are 12 afforestation forest types in the Forestry Programme 2023-27 along with two native tree area schemes. Apart from two – FT 3 and 4 – all are relevant to farmers. Donal Magner reports.
20 March 2024 Community
Investment paying off for Murray Timber Group
A €24m investment in new and replacement technology over the past five years paying dividends for the Ballygar sawmill.
20 March 2024 News