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Forestry Newsletter - April 2022

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Forestry team in the April forestry newsletter. It includes: Information on an upcoming series of forest recreation walks; Details of a conference on integrated pest management for pine weevil in Ireland; and Seasonal management tips.

View Forestry Newsletter - April 2022 here (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Forest recreation walks
    Forests provide many amenity opportunities. Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will run a series of nationwide walks between May 9 and May 20 focusing on forest recreation. All of these walks will take place at 7.00pm in the evening. All are welcome to attend, but registration will be required at: www.teagasc.ie/forests4recreation.
  • Pine weevil in Ireland
    Upcoming conference
    Teagasc, in association with Maynooth University and the DAFM, are organising a free one-day conference on May 4 focusing on integrated pest management for pine weevil in Ireland. At this conference, experts from Teagasc, Maynooth University, Coillte, the DAFM, private forestry and the UK will cover topics including the lifecycle and management options of the large pine weevil, pesticide registration and regulations, reforestation and continuous cover forestry. Anyone interested in attending the conference can register here: www.teagasc.ie/pineweevilconf
  • Seasonal management tips
    • Tree planting
      As trees come out of their winter dormancy, planting should change from using bare root to containerised plants. Trees planted from now on can be vulnerable to drought, especially larger trees where watering may be necessary.
    • Fire
      Forest fires are a major concern for forest owners. February to May is a high-risk period for forest fires, as dead moorland vegetation can dry out very fast and become highly flammable. Where fire breaks are in place, ensure that they are inspected regularly and kept vegetation free.
    • Ongoing management
      Walk young woodlands and check for nutrient issues, competition from vegetation, and inspect fences and drains for maintenance.
    • Management advice
      Don’t forget that you can contact your local forestry advisor on any aspect of forest management through your local Teagasc office or see staff contact details on: www.teagasc.ie/forestry.