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RUS - Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme (ash dieback)

Objectives

The objectives of the Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme (RUS) scheme are as follows:

  • To encourage the active management of ash plantations in the context of the control and spread of ash dieback disease.
  • To promote the vigorous growth of ash through thinning to realise as much of the potential value of the crop as possible.
  • Where appropriate in young plantations and in cases of high disease infection, to support the removal of the affected ash crop and replacement with alternative species.
  • To build resilience and diversity into plantations and possibly identify tolerant or resistant individuals.

Financial support

DAFM financial support can be made available for:

  • Site clearance or partial clearance:
    This involves the clearance (in advance of reconstitution) or partial clearance (in advance of underplanting) of ash trees and associated operations in order to present the site for reconstitution or underplanting.
  • Reconstitution:
    This involves the replacement of ash trees with alternative species following ash clearance. All GPCs are available to the landowner including agroforestry.
  • Under-planting
    This involves the partial replanting of an ash plantation following partial clearance through systematic felling. All GPCs are available to the landowner including agroforestry. 

Making an application

The steps required in order to avail of the RUS scheme are as follows:

  1. Forest Owner makes contact with a Registered Forester (List of Registered Foresters PDF)
  2. Registered Forester will categorise the site
  3. Registered Forester and Forest Owner will select the most appropriate silvicultural option and make the relevant application for scheme support.
  4. A felling licence is not required under the RUS scheme.

Grant rates

This is a fixed grant scheme; rates are as follows:

  • Reconstitution
    • Site clearance @ €1,000/ha cleared.
    • Reconstitution will be paid at the appropriate Grant & Premium Category (GPC) as described in the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme.
  • Underplanting
    • Site clearance @ €1,000/ha cleared.
    • Underplanting grant paid at up to 60% appropriate Grant & Premium Category (GPC) as described in the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme. (This is based on replanting of up to 50% of stand.)

The reconstitution/underplanting grant will be paid in 3 instalments as follows:

  • Application for the Site Clearance Grant.
  • Application for the 1st Instalment Grant may be made following the reconstitution/underplanting of the treated area (75%).
  • Application for the 2nd Instalment Grant may be made four years after the site is successfully reconstituted or underplanted (25%). 

Scheme details

Full details of the Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme (RUS) can be found here:

Further information

  • Contact your local Teagasc advisory Staff