Steven MeyenForestry Development Officer & Forestry Communications and Digital Media
Directions to his office: Ballybofey Local Advisory Office.
Steven Meyen studied close-to-nature forestry at the State University of Gent, Belgium from 1982 to 1988. He has worked in forestry since the mid-eighties in Belgium, Nepal, Rwanda, Donegal and Northern Ireland.
After finishing his studies, he worked in research on the conversion of man-made conifer plantations to biodiverse woodlands focusing on natural regeneration processes and forest structure spatial development.
He then worked as a Community Forestry Adviser in the south of Nepal focusing mainly on agroforestry. He also worked as a Logistics Officer in a refugee camp in Rwanda.
From the mid-nineties, he worked as a forestry and hedging contractor in Donegal and Northern Ireland establishing, managing and regenerating hedgerows and (mainly) broadleaf woodlands.
He currently works as a Forestry Development Officer with Teagasc providing independent advisory and training services to forest owners in Donegal. In addition, he is the Forestry Communications and Digital Media Coordinator for the Forestry Development Department, contributing regularly to the Farming Independent.
He was chairperson (and founder) of the Donegal Forestry Forum resulting in Donegal’s first integrated forestry strategy and co-initiating the Forest Link project.
He is/was involved with Inishowen Uplands European Innovation Programme, Crann, The Organic Centre, Donegal Woodland Owners Society, Sligo Leitrim Forest Owners Group, Inishowen Forest Owner Group, Donegal-Sligo-Leitrim Renewable Energy Group, Biomass Advisory Group of the Western Development Commission and Technical Advisory Group of Woodlands of Ireland.
He was a member of Forest Stewardship Council’s Irish Standard Development Group successfully developing Ireland’s first FSC Standard and vice chair of Sustainable Forest Management Ireland.