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Mary Wallace launches COFORD publication "Brackloon - The Story of an Irish Oak Wood"

Ms Mary Wallace T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, today launched the new COFORD publication "Brackloon - the story of an Irish oak wood".

Remnant native woodlands such as Brackloon in County Mayo are more than traces of the great woods of the past - they have a social dimension and a history of use that gives them their special character. Their existence remained under threat until the early 1970s when they began to be designated as nature reserves. Recent operations have seen the gradual removal of the planted conifers and their replacement by native broadleaved species, with the aim of restoring the full area as native woodland.

"It gives me great pleasure to launch the new COFORD publication 'Brackloon - the story of an Irish oak wood today'. I would like to congratulate Deirdre Cunningham, the author of this tale on a beautifully presented work which describes the history and the present status of the wood", said Minister Wallace.

Minister Wallace went on to say "A rich biological and cultural heritage is associated with our native woodlands and this is a story written for a wide audience that through its pages will appreciate the need for continuing conservation and expansion of a priceless national asset".

The Minister thanked COFORD for supporting this work and making it possible for the history and importance of the woodland to be recorded for all to appreciate.

19 June, 2006

Date Released: 19 June 2006