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Minister of State McEntee Opens Irish Forestry, Woodland and Bio Energy Show 2011

Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, today opened the Irish Forestry, Woodland and Bio Energy Show 2011 at Birr Castle demesne, Birr, Co Offaly.

Opening the Show, Minister of State McEntee commented "Given the large numbers who have opted for forestry over the last number of years and the increasing importance of bio-energy, a show dealing with forestry and bio-energy is welcome and timely."

The Minister of State welcomed the range of exhibits and demonstrations organised as part of the Show and made particular reference to presentations on topical issues in the Education and Conference Centre, organised by the Irish Timber Growers Association, with support from his Department and added "I believe the displays and presentations in the Education and Conference Centre will be of particular interest as they range from the most recent forecasts for timber volumes over the next number of years and information on the new EU timber trader regulation to information on forests, wildlife, biodiversity, recreation and carbon sequestration".

In his speech, the Minister also stressed the importance of protecting the existing forest resource and, referring to the recent outbreaks of forest fires, publicly thanked the Emergency Services, the Army, the Air Corps, the Gardaí and all others involved for all their efforts in combating the fires. He also reiterated that "It is vital that we all remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities immediately".

Thanking all those involved in organising the Irish Forestry, Woodland and Bio Energy Show 2011, the Minister added "Not only does the Show allow those in Forestry and Bio Energy to showcase their industries but it provides the general public with a valuable opportunity to get an insight into the sector and gain information on our national woodland resource."

Date Released: 06 May 2011