Coillte Embrace Continuous Cover Forestry in Dublin Mountains Makeover

There was much excitement this week when my forestry colleague Karen Woods –Pro Silva Ireland committee member and Coillte Operations Manager (Coillte is Ireland’s semi-state body that manages Ireland’s public forests) announced that there has been a landmark decision to manage the popular Dublin Mountain forests using Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry methods. The conversation of new-to-Ireland continuous cover forestry began 20 years ago with Pro SIlva Ireland, and the support of the international Pro Silva federation of foresters from many countries. And now it’s being implemented in Ireland, with much national pride, that yes we can radically reimagine forestry for broader environmental, social values. Hurrah from Hollywood forest too!!

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Coillte have unveiled an ambitious plan to makeover their Dublin Mountains forests through continuous cover forestry management. Pro Silva principles will be used to transition nine forests to more diverse woodlands with a focus on habitat preservation and recreation. CCF management techniques can be used for commercial timber production in balance with other forest ecosystem services, but in this case Coillte will use CCF techniques to transform former plantation forestry to more natural woodlands where the primary aim is to provide for recreation and biodiversity enhancement. Coillte Operations Manager Karen Woods (also a Pro Silva Ireland Committee member) clearly explains the move in an excellent new video released for the occasion. Pro Silva Ireland welcomes the announcement and the chance for CCF management to be showcased at scale in public forests.

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Field notes from ProSilva Open forest day at AFI – Coillte site, Rahin, Co. Kildare

ONE of Coillte’s (Ireland's semi-state forest organisation) oldest woods provided a living textbook for Close-to-Nature Continuous Cover, non clearfell forestry at Prosilva Ireland’s summer open forest day.

Standing up for forests, in Ireland, Nth. Ireland and Tasmania

Recent forest public protest walk at Jenkinstown Wood, Co. Kilkenny 8 June 2013, against the sale of public Irish Forests. Protest walks, talks, events were organised all over Ireland recently. . “A stunning victory for people power and public protest.” Richard Boyd Barrett (June 19, 2013), Irish politician and one of the main organisers of…Read more Standing up for forests, in Ireland, Nth. Ireland and Tasmania

A truly historic week for forests in Ireland

It's been a great couple of days for our forests across Ireland. Yesterday 19 June 2013, the Irish government abandoned its plans to sell the harvesting rights of our public forests and today Northern Ireland has more protection for its woodlands and forests. There is of course so much more to do, with how we…Read more A truly historic week for forests in Ireland

Kilkenny Jenkinstown woodland walk – our forests are not for sale

I was delighted to be asked to FutureProof Kilkenny's Woodland walk last Sunday at Coillte Jenkinstown woodland (walks had been organised all across Ireland to keep the pressure on the Government not to sell Irish public forest harvesting rights). I said a few words about Green Forest policy but really the day was about the…Read more Kilkenny Jenkinstown woodland walk – our forests are not for sale

Moving toward deep sustainability: people gathering for Ireland’s forests this weekend

"Scientists may try to tell us what is at stake when we burn rainforests and fossil fuels, dump toxic wastes in air, soil, sea, and use chemical that devour our planet's protective ozone shield. But their warnings are hard to heed. For ours is an Industrial Growth Society...for if there is to be a livable…Read more Moving toward deep sustainability: people gathering for Ireland’s forests this weekend