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Foresters need clearer advice on how to thin our woodlands

Having just returned home from a trip around Kerry, I am trying to reconcile the value of commercial woodland against the remarkable beauty of so many fine specimen trees found in places like the Killarney National Park, especially when seen growing in such scenic areas.

While looking in awe at a grove of ancient towering pines or enormous beech I couldn't stop myself doing some mental calculations as to the commercial value of such trees and then attempting to convert them in to tonnes of sawn planks and logs for the stove.

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