Forestry logjam creates timber shortage

McAuley said that a new streamlined appeals process had also allowed environmentalists and others to easily submit blanket objections to most forestry projects, with 60,000 tonnes of timber stalled in one week alone this month (stock photo)

Fearghal O'Connor

Ireland's forestry industry is facing a serious crisis that could see the country's sawmills run out of wood by mid-June, a senior sector representative has told the Sunday Independent.