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.
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The debate continues ahead of a decision by cabinet regarding the sale of Ireland's state forests. In a recent wilderness conference hosted by Coillte, Mr Olof Johanson, Vice president of Sveaskog (Sweden's version of Coillte) described some of the issues with the privatisation of Sweden's forestry in the 1990's.
He believes that there was a depreciation in the management of the states forestry, leading to a lack of responsibility to reafforestation. Also, there was an opportunity under state ownership to enhance the natural resource of the forestry asset, and protection of natural habitats, walkways and heritage areas.
While the sale of Coillte is unlikely, Green Belt believe that the appointment of a professional management company over the sold state assets would protect the integrity of our nations forestry, saw milling sector and the many, many jobs created and maintained by the industry each year. improving the mobilisation of timber to the market is key to further developing the forestry industry in Ireland and will actively encourage all stakeholders to co-manage the estate. Legislation such as a Europe wide certification standard for timber and forestry will also protect against non reafforestation.
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