13December2017

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Forest Management Walks

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Teagasc in association with the Forest Service (DAFM) is organizing a nationwide series of forest walks from 17 to 27 April focusing on the management of young forests. Management objectives can be wide ranging: from timber production to biodiversity and recreation.

New forests require several years of active management to become well established. Ongoing maintenance is very important as the value of fully stocked sites at thinning stage cannot be understated. A well-managed forest will give the best return and also becomes a place for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

It is therefore very important to ensure that the young forest will perform well and that budding forest owners know what needs to be done each year. This is also true if the management of the forest has been subcontracted out for the first four years. After all, it is the owner that will benefit from well looked after trees!

Focus in the first few years will be on controlling the surrounding vegetation, ensuring that browsing animals won't damage the young trees, replanting of failed trees, assessing nutrient needs, shaping of broadleaf trees and reducing the risk of fires.

All details including meeting points, dates and contact information can be found here.

Source: HortiTrends News Room