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McEntee Announces Forestry Promotion Week

During his visit today to the National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co. Kildare, Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with responsibility for Forestry, announced a series of forestry promotional events to be held in Co. Clare from 2nd October to 19th October 2011.

In announcing the promotional campaign entitled ‘Focus on Forestry, Clare – 2011’, Minister of State McEntee said, “Focus on Forestry, Clare – 2011 is a series of events designed to highlight the many benefits of forestry and to raise awareness among forest owners of the benefits of planting native trees, appropriate management of forests and marketing of their timber resource, including its value as a sustainable and renewable energy source. There are also events to encourage individuals, families and schools to see and appreciate the recreational and environmental value of our forests.”

The Minister of State thanked all of the organisations involved for their contributions and co‑operation in making the forestry promotional events possible and he thanked, in particular, Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department for its role in organising and promoting the event.

Minister of State McEntee reminded people that forestry information was also available during the National Ploughing Championships from the Department’s Forestry stand located at Row P, stand no. 582. Inviting people to visit the stand to obtain information on the Department’s forestry schemes in general and advice on the prevention of forest fires, Minister McEntee commented, “I am looking forward, during my visit to the National Ploughing Championships, to meeting people engaged in the forestry sector.  While the Department’s main stand will be located in Row G, stand no. 200, the Forest Service of my Department will be located among the forestry industry marquees and displays in Row P and I encourage people to visit the stand at P582 to learn more about forestry and its benefits.”