A new forest training network aims to enhance confidence and ability in managing a diverse range of forests in Ireland, writes Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer. Teagasc has partnered with EFI to make marteloscope training programmes and resources available to forest owners, foresters, students and other user groups
Combining silviculture and ecology to benefit our forests – the Irish way
Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe that experienced almost complete deforestation in recent history with just over 1% forest cover remaining at the beginning of the 1900s. Since then, an impressive effort has been made by the State of Ireland and other stakeholders to increase forest cover – but the Irish plan...
Afforestation in Ireland – increasing trends in broadleaved establishment
Ireland has achieved a lot over the last 100 years in reversing the trend of low forest cover. Forests and trees are slowly returning with current levels reaching just over 11% today. Although the national forest area is low by European standards it is still higher than it has ever been for over 350 years. Since...