Forestry Newsletter - December 2022
14 December 2022
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In this edition:
- Forest photo competition open
The exciting forest photo competition, ‘Celebrating a shared national vision of trees, woods and forests’ is in full swing and images are invited for category 3, ‘Forests for Wood’ up to December 13, 2022. This competition is co-ordinated by Teagasc, with support from the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). Please consult www.teagasc.ie/forestphotos22 for full details.
- New Forestry Programme announced
An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD along with Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry, Senator Pippa Hackett, and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD recently announced a proposed investment by the Government of €1.3bn in Irish forestry. The funding will be for the next national Forestry Programme and represents the largest ever investment by an Irish Government in tree planting. The Programme will now be the subject of State aid approval by the European Commission.
- Research Update - Small diameter Irish-grown alder
Research by Teagasc Walsh Scholar Colin Marren examined the exploitation of the working properties and utilisation of small-diameter Irish-grown alder.
Teagasc Walsh Scholar Colin Marren graduated from Atlantic Technological University in November after completing his MSc by research at the Letterfrack Campus. His Teagasc-funded project ‘Exploitation of the working properties and utilisation of small-diameter Irish-grown alder (Alnus glutinosa)’, investigated the potential for, and development of, value-added end uses, novel products and alternative markets, for small diameter Irish-grown alder. This involved scientific testing and analysis of the wood properties and, based on those results, examining potential applications and uses.