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Forestry Newsletter - October 2022

10 October 2022
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In this month's edition:

  • Talking Timber
    Teagasc, in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), is organising an event focusing on supplying sustainable timber products taking place on Tuesday, October 25 from 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Racket Hall, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Teagasc's Forestry Development Department will run this timber marketing day to give forest owners with timber to sell the opportunity to engage with timber buyers, harvesting contractors and foresters. Find out more or book in here
  • Growing opportunities
    The transition to the new Forestry Programme, the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES), and the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will present opportunities for tree planting and forest creation. With the new CAP and Forestry Programme imminent, and details of ACRES announced, it is an important time for landowners to take a fresh look at how to optimise land use and see how the appropriate mix of new schemes can help to maximise income, efficiency and sustainability.
    • New Forestry Programme
      The ‘Shared National Vision for Trees, Woods and Forests’ was published recently by the DAFM based on extensive public engagement. This vision will form the basis of the new Forestry Programme and associated schemes and measures, and will be made known shortly as part of a Strategic Environmental Assessment Process.
    • ACRES
      Details of the new ACRES programme are also emerging. Included in the many options for landowners are three tree planting measures. It is important to consider carefully the details for each measure and look for advice on tree species selection on appropriate sites, establishment and tree protection in order to achieve good results. Along with your Teagasc advisor, forestry advisors are available to discuss these measures with you.
    • CAP strategic plan 2023-2027
      Within the current draft CAP strategic plan, eco schemes are being proposed for the first time as part of the next CAP and they will be funded by ring-fencing 25% of Ireland’s direct payments allocation. The aim of Ireland’s eco scheme is to reward farmers for undertaking actions beneficial to the climate, environment, water quality and biodiversity. Farmers will apply annually as part of their online Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) application.
  • Research Update - MOOCFORCHANGE project
    Continuous cover forestry (CCF) is a management approach suitable to both conifers and broadleaves. It allows for the production of commercial timber, while retaining a forest cover at all times. Teagasc has been involved in research into CCF through the TranSSFor and ContinuFOR projects. It has also established a marteloscope network – a series of plots that are being used for training provision purposes. Another project in which both research and development staff are involved is the MOOCFORCHANGE project.