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Cutting through the red tape to harvest 2,000t of Irish timber

Two felling licences, 130 letters and emails and rain by the bucket-load

A recently completed first thinning of a fairly typical, albeit larger than average, forest illustrated the trials and rewards of carrying out this essential operation in a timely manner. The forest in question is 60ha, predominantly Sitka spruce, with a few small areas of lodgepole pine on the most infertile sections. Planted in 1994, nearly 40ha were deemed ready for thinning this year.

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