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Dungarvan forest walk

The Waterford Forest Owner Group (WFOG) visited a mature woodland to look at pre-clearfell timber stands.

Site suitability and management of Douglas fir and  thinning intensity options with regard to Sitka spruce was discussed. There was also a lively debate on the merits of continuous cover forestry versus clearfell of a mature Sitka spruce stand. Contributions by the Irish Wood Producers and by harvesting contractors in the audience led to a very useful exchange of views.

WFOG are grateful to the hosts of the event, the Chavasse family for showcasing their timber stands and for sharing their very valuable experiences of managing their varied woodland.

The event was organised by John Casey, Teagasc forestry advisor, in conjunction with WFOG.