Forestry Service Schemes
The Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is Ireland’s national forest authority. It is responsible for, inter alia, national forest policy, promotion of private forestry, administration of forest consent system and forestry support schemes, forest health and protection, control of felling and promotion of research in forestry and forest products.
The objectives of the Forest Service is to “develop forestry to a scale and in a manner which maximises its contribution to the national economic and social wellbeing on a sustainable basis and which is compatible with the protection of the environment”.
- Native Woodland Establishment
- Native Woodland Conservation scheme
- Forest Road Scheme
- Woodland Improvement Scheme (Thinning and Tending)
- Reconstitution of Woodlands Scheme – Ash dieback
- Reconstitution Scheme – storm damage
Procedures and Operational Standards
The Forest Schemes Manual sets out clearly and concisely the procedures and operational standards required for the various forestry support schemes as described in the scheme documents administered by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. These scheme documents are available on the Department website. The manual complements, and should be read in conjunction with, the National Forest Standard, the Code of Best Forest Practice and the suite of environmental guidelines published by the Department relating to Archaeology, Biodiversity, Landscape, Water Quality, Aerial Fertilisation, Harvesting, Forest Protection and Forest Recreation. Adherence to these publications is a condition of all grant schemes and aims to ensure that all timber produced in Ireland is derived from sustainably managed forests and that State investment in forestry is protected.
Code of Best Forest Practice