Growing for the Future
A strategic plan for the development of the forestry sector in Ireland. Read 'Growing for the Future'.
What is in this section?
Forestry Programmes 2014-2020
Forest Policy Review - Forests, Products and People - Ireland's Forest Policy - a renewed vision
Forest Recreation in Ireland - A Guide for Forest Owners and Managers
The Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is Ireland's national forest authority. It is responsible for forest policy and the promotion of the forest sector, the administration of forestry grant schemes, forest protection, the control of felling and the promotion and support of forest research. The Forest Service promotes Sustainable Forest Management as a central principle of Irish forest policy, whereby forests are managed to provide economic, social and environmental benefits on a sustainable basis for both current and future generations.
- Forest Recreation in Ireland - A Guide for Forest Owners and Managers (pdf 2,685Kb)
- Caitheamh Aimsire Foraoise in Éirinn - Treoir do Úinéirí agus Bhainisteoirí Foraoise (pdf 2,201Kb)
Native Woodland Scheme
The Native Woodland Scheme (NWS) is a grant package for farmers and other landowners, aimed at encouraging the proactive protection and expansion of Ireland's native woodlands and associated biodiversity. The scheme comprises two separate elements: NWS Conservation and NWS Establishment. NWS Establishment provides support to create new native woodlands on open greenfield sites. As well as increasing Ireland's native woodland resource, these woodlands can be managed sustainably, using 'close-to-nature' systems, to yield valuable hardwood timber. Subject to normal restrictions, NWS Establishment may be a suitable option for sites in areas deemed generally sensitive from an environmental, landscape or amenity perspective, including sites near or adjacent to existing designated woodlands and other important habitats. See the document entitled Native Woodland Scheme - Establishment (August 2011) (below) for further details.
The Forest Service Neighbourwood Scheme provides attractive support for the development of new and existing neighbourwoods for public access, recreation and enjoyment on land in or near villages, towns and cities. A separate scheme manual designed for those directly involved in developing applications will accompany this scheme. The manual sets out the scope of each scheme, a step-by-step guide for developing applications, details of standards and criteria, and a template for the required management plan.
- NeighbourWood Scheme Manual (pdf 1,827Kb)
Irish Forest Species
The following pages contain useful information on each species, as well as the opportunity to download the leaflet at the bottom of each page.
|Alder||574KB (pdf 573Kb)||Alder Winzip (zip 357Kb)|
|Ash||548KB (pdf 547Kb)||Ash Winzip (zip 335Kb)|
|Beech||565KB (pdf 564Kb)|
|Birch||576KB (pdf 575Kb)|
|Douglas Fir||559KB (pdf 558Kb)||Douglas Fir Winzip (zip 341Kb)|
|Larch||598KB (pdf 597Kb)||Larch Winzip (zip 372Kb)|
|Lodgepole Pine||560KB (pdf 559Kb)||Lodgepole Winzip (zip 342Kb)|
|Montery Pine||567KB (pdf 566Kb)||Montery Pine Winzip (zip 348Kb)|
|Norway Spruce||560KB (pdf 559Kb)||Norway Spruce Winzip (zip 344Kb)|
|Oak||588KB (pdf 587Kb)||Oak Winzip (zip 364Kb)|
|Rowan||581KB (pdf 580Kb)||Rowan Winzip (zip 357Kb)|
|Scots Pine||550KB (pdf 549Kb)||Scots Pine Winzip (zip 331Kb)|
|Sitka Spruce||564KB (pdf 563Kb)||Sitka Spruce Winzip (zip 347Kb)|
|Spanish Chestnut||554KB (pdf 553Kb)||Spanish Chestnut Winzip (zip 337Kb)|
|Western Hemlock||Western Hemlock Winzip (zip 323Kb)|
|Western Red Cedar||567KB (pdf 566Kb)||Western Red Cedar Winzip (zip 347Kb)|
|Yew||422KB (pdf 422Kb)||Yew Winzip (zip 384Kb)|
The Irish National Forest Standard, Code of Best Forest Practice and the environmental guidelines form a framework for the Forest Service's implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) in Ireland.
Irish National Forest Standard (INFS)
The Irish National Forest Standard outlines the basic criteria and indicators relating to the implementation of Sustainable Forest Management in Ireland (SFM). It lists a series of qualitative and quantitative measures by which progress towards the practice of SFM can be monitored under forest conditions.
The Standard is available in the following seven sections, please note that each file is a zipped ADOBE Acrobat file.
Section 1 (pdf 477Kb)
Section 2 (pdf 953Kb)
Section 3 (pdf 564Kb)
Section 4 (pdf 868Kb)
Section 5 (pdf 582Kb)
Section 6 (pdf 403Kb)
Section 7 (pdf 22Kb)
Code of Best Forest Practice (C of BFP)
The Code of Best Forest Practice is a listing of all forestry operations and the manner in which the should be carried out to ensure the implementation of SFM in Ireland, as agreed at the Third Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, Lisbon, 1998.
Forestry Schemes Manual
The Forestry Schemes Manual details the operational and administrative procedures and standards which must be fulfilled by applicants, forestry contractors and foresters who wish to participate in the various Forest Service schemes, including the Afforestation Grant and Premium Schemes. The procedures and standards set out in this manual are complementary to Ireland's Code of Best Forest Practice and Suite of environmental guidelines.
Forest Schemes Manual 21/12/11 Revised (pdf 2,126Kb)
The suite of Guidelines are the mechanisms by which the Forest Service will ensure that the environmental aspects of SFM are implemented. Adherence to the guidelines is a condition of grant aid and the issuing of a felling licence. The penalty for non-compliance is the withholding of approvals for grants and felling licences.
|Forestry and Water Quality Guidelines (pdf 1,213Kb)|
|Forestry and the Landscape Guidelines (pdf 536Kb)|
|Forestry and Archaeology Guidelines (pdf 560Kb)|
|Forest Biodiversity Guidelines (pdf 1,562Kb)|
|Forest Harvesting and Environmental Guidelines (pdf 1,470Kb)|
|Forest Protection Guidelines (pdf 2,031Kb)|
Aerial Fertilisation Requirements
- Aerial Fertilisation Requirements (June 2015) (pdf 1,814Kb)
Malone Report on Irish Forestry
- Malone Report on Irish Forestry (doc 223Kb)
Indicative Forest Statement
- Indicative Forest Statement (pdf 3,782Kb)
Kerry Slug and Otter Guidelines
Bats and Forestry
- Bats and Forestry Leaflet (pdf 7,915Kb)
The Forest Roads Scheme
Value For Money Review - The Forest Roads Scheme (pdf 533Kb)