Forestry certification is a much spoken about topic across Ireland at the moment, but is perhaps not as well understood as it could be. Certification is important today but will grow in significance to the Irish timber market into the near future. What certification signifies, whether it is PEFC or FSC, is that the timber has been managed and harvested to ethical and pre determined standrds. While Ireland already has a very high quality of forestry management practice, an independent body is required to certify it for the international markets.
Green Belt discussed the future of forestry and timber harvesting at the recent Talking Timber event in Templeglantine in Co Limerick. Speaking with Misnister Hayes, we were encouraged by his appetite to advance the forestry sector and to assist the farmer in further educating themselves about the importance of thinning their plantation.
Many items were discussed, including the road grant issues, the variety of timber quality and thus prices, the tax implications among other items. Green Belt are delighted with the efforts being made by Minister Hayes, who is continuing on the great work of his predecessor Minister Shane McEntee.
Green Belt have been thinning forestry for many years. Our management expertise has proved vital to forest owners when it comes to ensuring that their forest is thinned to the highest standard. This means that post first and second thinning (as well as third), the final crop remaining is there to maximise your clearfell return. While it is good to make money from a first thinning the most important factor is that the job is carried out correctly and with your best interests at heart.
Green Belt carry out all tasks necessary to get your forest thinned - from a GFL through to ensuring you receive your payment promptly. Contact us today to discuss your thinning options. Call Maurice Ryan on 087 675 3097
Forestry adds significant employment to the irish economy, and with a strong planting programme into the furure, more will be employed on a fullt ime basis.
Green Belt, for example, emloys 30 people directly and up to 500 contractors per annum for thinning, harvesting, planting and management. Extend this to include nurseries and sawmills as well as hauliers, and there is a real reason to continue to support the timber industry across Ireland.
If you are interested in planting land or have some existing forestry to thin, please contact us to get a FREE site consultation.
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