As forest cover and timber production levels began to increase, interest in the undergraduate degree courses in forestry seemed to wane. So the Forestry Careers Ireland (FCI) initiative was set up to spread the word among transition-year students about the career options available within forestry both in Ireland and abroad.

“Applications to study Forestry in University College Dublin (UCD) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have not kept pace with the expansion of the sector. FCI would like to increase both the quantity and quality of application numbers applying to forestry courses based on the current and anticipated demand for Forestry graduates,” says Marie Doyle from the forestry department at UCD.