Forestry: Take control in the early years
Maximising revenue on timber investment has its roots firmly in good management and will help ensure you reap the benefits in decades to come
It may sound very strange but good management in the early years is essential to get the best returns from your forest many years later.
Take vegetation control for instance. Good vegetation control will allow the young saplings to grow quickly and strongly, avoiding expensive remedial actions later. On the other hand, poor vegetation control early on weakens the young plants, results in poor form and requires expensive remedial actions later.
These and other similar issues will be discussed at the upcoming nationwide series of forest walks organised by Teagasc in association with the Forest Service (DAFM) from April 19 to 28.
The first five walks are taking place today in counties Cavan, Clare, Waterford, Westmeath and Wexford. Over the next two weeks, further forest walks will take place in different locations. See table below for full details of upcoming forest walks.
The focus at these walks will be very much on the management of young forests.
Although trees will be growing for three or four decades at least, it is critically important to ensure that they get off to a good start. Any blip early on may well have an influence on the performance of the trees much later. It is you, the forest owner, who will either reap the benefits or pay the price.
At these events, forestry experts from Teagasc and the Forest Service will explain why it is essential to care for young forests, what you can do and how to recognise early warning signs.
Why is early management so important?