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Tending and Thinning in Broadleaf Woodlands and Small Scale Timber Extraction

Wednesday 10 October 2012, Community Hall, Dunnamaggin, Co Kilkenny

Interest is growing rapidly among forest owners to manage their own forests. Although large scale harvesting and extraction forestry machines have an important role to play in Irish forestry, many of our forests are too small for such large machinery. Other options have to be considered particularly (but not exclusively) on broadleaf sites. If forest owners wish to manage their own forest, they need to arm themselves with the know how before any harvesting commences.

Teagasc, the Forest Service and COFORD invite you to a National Demonstration of Tending and Thinning in Broadleaf Woodlands and Small Scale Timber Extraction on Wednesday 10 October 2012. This event will be of major interest to all broadleaf woodland owners, and particularly important for those with plantations at or near the age of first thinning. The event will also be beneficial to owners in general who want to envisage how the thinning operation can be carried out and how timber can be extracted from their own wood.

The demo site is a large ash plantation which is in need of thinning. Timely thinning improves overall quality of trees on the site. It allows for the removal of diseased and suppressed trees and lets the best quality trees grow unhindered. Thinning usually is a combination of taking out some lines (allowing for access) and selectively thinning the inferior trees.

This demo addresses the correct procedure in selecting the best trees in your forest and in turn shows how to select the trees to be removed. The demo will also show various methods of getting thinned trees out to the road efficiently especially on smaller sites.

The following topics will be covered on the day:

  • Growing trees for quality timber
  • Timing and preparation of first thinning
  • Grant schemes
  • Selection of potential crop trees, hurley ash and competitors
  • Live demonstrations of small scale timber extraction
  • Safety in the woods

If forest owners wish to manage their own forest, they need to arm themselves with the know how before any harvesting commences. Thinning your plantation is an essential investment for the future of your broadleaf crop. This is a great opportunity to acquire the know-how to get the job done.

Event details:

Wednesday 10 October 2012, Dunnamaggin Community Hall, Dunnamaggin, Co Kilkenny. Arrive any time between 11.00 am and 12.30 pm. Please note that buses will depart from the venue to the demonstration site every twenty minutes between 11.00 am and 12.30 pm and the demonstration will take approximately 2.5 hours.

This is an outdoor event so please bring appropriate footwear and raingear. All are welcome. Event is free.

Directions:

  • Venue will be signposted from Exit 10 (Knocktopher) off the M9, Dublin-Waterford motorway.
  • Garmin Loc8 code: RF2-63-XV7.