- The Irish timber market appears to have escaped the impacts of COVID-19 to date, there has been no decline in demand and the market remains buoyant, with a strong demand for roundwood.
- The delays and shortages in felling licences and the resulting shortage in harvesting operations may have assisted in maintaining strong demand for roundwood.
- Timber markets Q2 2020 (April to June):
All prices (ex VAT) quoted roadside for conifers.
|Product Type||Length||Diameter||Price € /tonne|
|Pulp||3 m||< 7cm||28 – 32|
|Stakewood||1.6 m||> 8cm < 15 cm||40 -44|
|Palletwood||2.5 m||> 14 cm||46 – 50|
|3.1 m||52 – 57|
|3.7 m||56 -60|
|Sawlog||4.9m||> 20cm||75 – 80|
- The following is the Forest Service May report:
- 350ha of new forests were established, bringing the afforestation programme up to 1,233ha so far this year. This is a decrease of 27% on the area planted from this date last year.
- €51,726,097 in forest premiums have been paid.
- 43,248 linear metres of new forest road have been constructed, with a grant aid cost of €1,738,329. This is an increase of 15% in linear metre construction on this date last year.
- 149 new felling licence issued in Mary bring the total licences issued to 714, this is a 76% decrease on the number of licences that issued in 2019.
Activity since last National Council
- The new Reconstitution & Underplanting Scheme (Ash Dieback) (RUS) was launched. The scheme supports (i) site clearance (in advance of reconstitution) or partial clearance (in advance of underplanting), (ii) reconstitution and (iii) underplanting.
- The underplanting support is a new element to the scheme, which involves the partial replanting of the ash plantation following partial clearance. All GPCs are available to the farmer including agro-forestry.
- The manage options available to farmers under the scheme are restricted as follows:
- The grant rates available to farmers are as follows:
- The committee will be lobbying the new Minister to include a compensation element in the ash dieback scheme; farmers who planted ash as a pension and have had their investment devastated must be compensated.
Any EU/COPA developments
- IFA participated in the webinar on The Role of Agriculture and Forestry in the EU Climate Law. Click here for an overview of the discussion.
- IFA to meet with Department to discuss their project plan for dealing with forestry licences backlog and other issues.
- Finalisation of Forestry Programme post 2020 submission, following feedback from the committee.
- Finalisation of Producer Organisation Scheme proposal.