The Native Woodland Scheme (NWS) is aimed at protecting, enhancing and expanding Ireland's native woodland resource and associated biodiversity, through appropriate planting and management. Where compatible, the scheme also encourages the growing of quality hardwood. The NWS is implemented by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, in partnership with Woodlands of Ireland, National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Heritage Council. The scheme comprises two separate elements: Conservation (focused on protecting and enhancing existing native woodland) and Establishment (focused on creating new native woodland).
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