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National Forest Inventory Publications (2006)

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has published of three National Forest Inventory (NFI) documents: NFI Methodology, Proceedings of NFI Conference and NFI Results.

The inventory, carried out by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, involved a detailed field survey of Ireland's forests to assess the composition and condition of the entire national forest estate, both public and private. The inventory, the first such ever to be carried out at national level in this State, began in November 2004 and was completed on schedule in November 2006. Data processing, analysis and reporting were completed during 2007. The publications provide the background to the NFI, sampling design, data analysis, and an overview of the key findings. The information gathered in the NFI encompasses the traditional parameters, such as the area and species composition of the national forest estate and the growing stock, as well as, for the first time in Ireland, information with regard to biodiversity, health and vitality, carbon content and soil type, for the entire forest estate.

The Department highlighted some of the findings of the inventory, including that the total forest area in Ireland is 10% of the total land area; 57% is in public ownership and 43% in private ownership; and that almost two thirds of the national forest estate is less than 20 years old. While the publications are of particular interest to those directly involved in the sector, the approach taken, the technology applied and the range of findings which have resulted would make them attractive to a very wide audience. Further information on the NFI can be obtained from: Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford Tel: 053 916 3400. Email:

The publications can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.