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Hardwood Focus 2021

Firewood production from thinning broadleaves 

Webinar: Thursday 7 October 2021, 7-8pm

This webinar will include a series of short informative videos, a live presentation and a live studio panel to discuss participants’ questions.

Videos will show a recent second thinning operation in Limerick and commercial firewood processing by a local WFQA-certified firewood business. This is followed by a presentation by Noel Gavigan of IrBEA discussing firewood as a renewable energy source. The live Q&A session allows participants to ask questions of the expert panel.

Broadleaf woodlands

Irish broadleaf forests account today for approximately 30% of all Irish forests with much of our broadleaf farm forest still young and at developing stage. Reasons for planting a broadleaf forest on the farm are diverse such as biodiversity, water protection, landscape and timber production.

In many cases, a mix of different objectives is adopted by owners, with timber production often being a central driver. If timber production is an important objective then timely selective management is a must!

Firewood produced from hardwoods

This event will focus on the efficient production of firewood from young broadleaf woodlands.

Timely first and second thinnings are essential in order to provide the better trees with sufficient space for vigorous growth, allowing for the production of more valuable hardwood sawlog.

The wood produced from early thinning operations is a by-product of management. The firewood market, together with support from the DAFM thinning grants, is a very important enabler to broadleaf management and allows forest owners the chance of some additional early income.

Programme

Registration is required: book your place by clicking on the link above.

Videos will show a recent second thinning operation in Limerick and commercial firewood processing by a local WFQA-certified firewood business. This will be followed by a presentation by Noel Gavigan of IrBEA discussing firewood as a renewable energy source. The live Q&A session will allow participants to ask questions of the expert panel. 

Topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • Thinning operations best practice
  • Management grants available to owners
  • Commercial firewood production
  • Firewood as a green renewable energy source