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I am the Forestry Development Officer with Teagasc for South West Ireland. In the last 20 years my work has centered on researching, practicing and disseminating best practice forest management with particular focus on integrating timber and non timber production with ecosystem services delivery through the application of diverse silvicultural systems
This paper provides an update on recent developments related to continuous cover forestry (CCF) in Ireland. Specifically, the paper addresses recent policy, regulatory, research and training programmes. New investment and funding initiatives for CCF is also highlighted. [CCFG Newsletter 41 (Winter 2020): 71-77]
Introduction A discussion-group called Hardwood Focus (HF) was formed in Limerick in 2018 among broadleaf-forest owners in the region. This initiative is part of the Limerick Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO) Group and is facilitated by Jonathan Spazzi, the local Teagasc Forestry Development Officer. The group’s initial aim was to provide a forum fo...
Interest is growing in Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) as a management approach among private forest owners in Ireland. Developments in forest policy are directed at promoting CCF as a means of enhancing forest resilience, sustaining forest production and delivering diverse ecosystem services. In 2019 the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Mar...
Exploring new hardwood markets for Irish timber through a collaborative approach : forest owners, foresters, researchers and designers working towards development of Irish broadleaf forests from grower-to-end-user through local supply chains