Doyle encourages forest owners to 'Talk Timber'
In his opening address to the ‘Talking Timber’ event held today in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Forestry, highlighted the event as “an opportunity to learn and listen about the timber sales process and all that involves, particularly in relation to harvesting options and how to maximise return from your investment in forestry”.
In his opening speech to the attendance at the Ennis event, Minister of State Doyle commented that “A properly managed forest can provide an income through thinning, which in turn will help to maximise the volume and quality of the final timber crop, as well as the income for the forest owner at final felling stage” and continued “The options available to a forest owner considering harvesting or selling their timber have to be examined and considered. This event is an opportunity to find out more about the options available, to seek advice and make contacts and hopefully, bring away the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on how to proceed”.
The event was the second of three ‘Talking Timber’ events in 2016, organised by Teagasc in conjunction with the Department’s Forest Service and with the co-operation of the Irish timber industry. The first event took place in Letterkenny on Wednesday 7th September 2016 with the third event being held in the Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry, tomorrow (Friday, 16th September 2016) commencing with registration at 9.30 am and the event itself taking place from 10am to 2pm.
He commended Teagasc, particularly the staff of the Forestry Development Department, for the organisation of the three events and thanked the other representatives of the forestry and timber sector for their support and participation in the events. He concluded by stating his belief “that this collaborative approach is essential in successfully promoting forestry and in pursuing the further development of the sector into the future”.