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Industry enjoys growth spurt as applications go up by 25pc in 9 months

After years of decline, forestry is back in business, with a 25pc surge in applications during the first nine months of last year.

This is a welcome turnaround for the sector. In 1996, the Department of Agriculture published a strategic plan setting out targets to ensure the industry increased output of sawn timber from 2.2m cubic metres in 1995 to 10m cubic metres by 2030.

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