We now know that timber production is estimated to increase to eight million cubic metres within the next 20 years in Ireland. The challenge is to manage this resource to ensure it eventually gets to the marketplace.

Noel Kennedy’s report on the recent timber transport conference outlines some of the challenges and the need for a partnership approach in mobilising timber from forests to sawmills, panel board plants and wood energy outlets who so far have demonstrated that they can process all the available logs for domestic and export markets.