Seek Advice and Training
It is understandable that some forest owners may feel anxious about the processes involved in harvesting and selling timber, especially if it is their first experience. This information will help you to understand what is involved. Remember that knowledge is power. Acquiring relevant knowledge is an invaluable first step in the process.
Support is readily available from a number of sources to help make the process easier to understand and execute:
We provide a wide range of services for all forest owners which are free, objective and independent.
Supported by on-going Teagasc research, these services include:
- one-to-one advice
- local and national demonstration events
- a wide range of information both online and in print
- technical training
Forest owner groups
In addition to availing of our services, you can build up your knowledge base through peer-to-peer learning by joining a local Forest Owner Group. Here you will meet like-minded people who are willing to share information and discuss their experiences of harvesting and selling timber.
Further information on Forest Owner Groups is available too.
Registered Foresters (List of Registered Foresters, PDF) are professional foresters working in the private sector, either as consultant foresters or employed by forestry companies. It is recommended that you use the services of these foresters to assist with planning and executing your timber harvesting and sales operations.
Applications for all forestry grant-aided activities require their input. Registered Foresters are expected to provide forest owners with a high-quality service which meets the Department’s grant and licensing application requirements.
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) – Forestry Division
The DAFM (Forestry Division) has responsibility for the regulation of all timber harvesting activities in forests through the licensing of tree felling and forest road construction. Further information on how timber harvesting operations are regulated can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website www.agriculture.gov.ie.