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Forestry Newsletter - April 2023

12 April 2023
Type Newsletter

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In this month's edition:

  • Spring forest walks 2023
    Teagasc, in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), is organising a nationwide series of spring forest walks from April 12-28. The walks will explore the opportunities for new forest creation in the proposed Forestry Programme 2023-2027. The forest creation element in the Forestry Programme 2023-2027 encompasses 12 types of forest options, with afforestation grants and annual premiums for farmers and landowners. Register at www.teagasc.ie/forestwalks
  • Marteloscope forest management workshops
    New “marteloscope” forest management workshops are available for spring 2023. Forest owners and other interested landowners willing to learn more about sustainable, multifunctional forest management will be able to participate, this spring, in specially designed outdoor workshops. These will take place in Teagasc’s new forest training facility installed in Teagasc Oak Park Research Centre, Carlow. Register here
  • Research Update - Fighting a threat to alder
    Emma Fuller and Dheeraj Rathore report on the Irish Research Council-funded ExAl project. Common alder (Alnus glutinosa) is a native tree species with remarkable ecological importance, particularly within wetlands. Alder has the ability to promote diversity due to its soil nutrient enrichment qualities and colonisation abilities to fix nitrogen (N). Alder trees can be frequently found alongside rivers, providing stability to the banks, preventing soil erosion, as well as providing a valuable habitat and food sources to diverse wildlife.