New legislation introduces single licence for tree felling
The long awaited Forestry Act 2014 has finally been commenced. It came into force in May when the previous Forestry Act from 1946 was also repealed.
Regulations governing afforestation, forest roads, aerial fertilisation and last but not least tree felling have changed a good bit. So, what does this mean for us?
Control of Felling
The Forestry Act, 2014 introduces a single licence process for tree felling (right). New felling licences can be valid for up to ten years and extended for another five years.
When a tree felling licence application is received, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will publish a notice of the application before making a decision. This allows a person to make a submission or observation to the Department within 30 days from the date of the notice.
Once a licence for the felling of trees is granted, a Site Notice is required seven days prior to the commencement and for the duration of harvesting operations.
The new Forestry Act also provides for a range of scenarios where trees can be felled without the need to submit a tree felling licence application. I will look at such scenarios in more detail next time.
Control of Afforestation and Forest Road Works