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Saturday 20 September 2014

Sorting the wood from the trees

Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30

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At the Teagasc farm forestry event in Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny were (l-r): Professor Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc; Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, and PJ Trait, customer services team leader with Coillte.

MORE than 400 forest owners attended recent seminars in Kerry and Kilkenny on managing storm damage in farm forests.

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Organised by Teagasc, in association with Coillte and the Forest Service DAFM, the seminars highlighted how forest owners could minimise storm damage risk and maximise the value of salvaged timber. The Forest Service outlined correct procedures when applying for felling licences, while Coillte shared their expertise on issues such as harvesting, marketing and re-establishing forests.

Important issues such as managing health and safety in forestry operations, insurance and taxation were also addressed.

Teagasc forestry development officer Michael Somers said: "I was very pleased to see so many forest owners attending. This is one of the biggest natural disasters to happen recently in Irish forestry.

"Not since 1997 has the south of Ireland experienced a storm of this magnitude. The main point to be taken from this event is that the crop can be salvaged with good planning."

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