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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:40

Minister Doyle welcomes budget allocation for forestry

Minister Andrew Doyle has welcome the budget allocation to forestry for 2017

. The funding of €111.6 million will provide sufficient funding for 7,100 hectares of new afforestation (~17,000 acres of new forestry planting) in 2017 as well as 110 km of new forest roads, thus providing vital access to the forests to allow timber get to market.

Details of the forest road scheme are here and the details of the afforestation plan to 2020 are available here.

Green Belt has a network of professional foresters across the country backed up by an administration base in Virginia who can help you through all elements of the planting and management of your forestry. See the map for your local forester so you can see how planting and forestry can work for you.

Minister Doyles statement is here:

€111.6m (including a capital carryover) will be made available for forestry development during 2017. This level of funding is further evidence of the Government’s ongoing commitment to the sector as set out in the Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020. It will ensure continued progress in the drive towards increased forest cover and mobilisation of the existing timber and biomass resource, two core objectives necessary for growing Ireland’s timber processing industry. The level of funding provided is also significant given the recent EU proposals on climate change mitigation and the potential role of forestry in helping to achieve the targets set.

Minister Doylesaid, “The funding being provided will allow for over 7,100ha of new forests to be planted almost 800ha more than the total area planted in 2015.  Most importantly for the development of existing forests, funding will be provided for 110 km of new forest roads and for forest management initiatives which will improve the productivity of our forests while maintaining the highest environmental standards.”.

“Payments under the new reconstitution Scheme to help farmers affected by the winter storms of 2013 and 2014 will also commence in 2017,” he added.

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