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2014-03-20

MINISTER MUST RECONSIDER FORESTRY BILL
The Chairman of the IFA Farm Forestry Committee Michael Fleming said, “IFA and other industry stakeholders have been closely watching the progress of the Forestry Bill at Committee stage. The Bill will be entering Report Stage in the coming weeks and there are still a number of outstanding issues remaining which must be addressed if the industry is to grow and prosper in the years ahead”.

2014-01-28

FORESTRY EXPANSION NEEDS PROPER FRAMEWORK FOR LANDOWNERS
Addressing the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this afternoon (Tues), IFA Forestry Chairman Michael Fleming said he was concerned that the Forestry Bill creates a restrictive legislative framework that would be extremely detrimental to the expansion of the sector unless amendments are made.

2013-11-26

CONFIDENCE KEY TO ACHIEVING FORESTRY TARGETS – IFA PRESIDENT TELLS CONFERENCE
IFA President John Bryan has said forestry is a long-term investment and farmers must have confidence in the sector if they are to convert their land to be part of a sector that contributes an estimated €2.2bn to the economy.

2013-11-25

IFA FARM FORESTRY CONFERENCE - THE BUSINESS OF FORESTRY
All private forest owners are invited to the IFA Farm Forestry conference, The Business of Forestry will take place tomorrow Tuesday, 26th November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. The conference aims to provide expert support and guidance to private forest owners to improve the management of their forests to maximise the economic return from thinning operations. As a forest owners it is important you have some basic knowledge of the timber sales process and markets even if you are employing a forester to manage the operation.

2013-09-30

IFA CALLS ON MINISTER HAYES TO INTERVENE TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF ASH DIEBACK
IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Michael Fleming said he has serious concerns about the lack of progress by the Forest Service to contain the spread of the Ash Dieback disease. “It is unacceptable that infected plantations and associated plantations that were confirmed earlier in the year have yet to be removed. The lack of progress directly contravenes the Forest Service control strategy to promptly contain and manage infected plantations to halt the spread of the disease to healthy ash trees.
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Certification

There is an increased demand for certified timber is largely driven by consumer interest in eco-labelled wood products.  In response to the growing market for certified timber, many forest owners need to consider forest certification to maintain and expand market access.

Forest management certification verifies that the environmental, social, and economic aspects of management are considered in a balanced way. Certification takes place by the independent assessment that the quality of the management practised by the forest owner complies with a specified standard. An independent auditor issues a certificate to verify that the timber is from a responsibly managed forest.

In Europe two schemes dominate: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). In Ireland, only the FSC scheme is currently operating, with Coillte holding a FSC certificate for its forest estate. The PEFC scheme has yet to be introduced but is expected later this year.

The exact process to obtain forest management certification varies depending on the scheme. The general process involves initial discussions with the certifying body, a pre-assessment to determine additional management requirements, field inspection and verification of certification subject to satisfying the national forest management standard. Once certification is granted there are regular inspections and audits.

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Forest Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests.  It provides standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organisations interested in responsible forestry.

 

PEFC

PEFC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999, which promotes sustainable managed forests through independent third party certification.  The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.