The strategic goal of Irelands forest policy, “Forests, Products and People” is “To develop and internationally competitive and sustainable forest sector that provides a full range of economic, environmental and social benefits to society and which accords with the Forest Europe definition of sustainable forest management”
In order to achieve this, increasing the forest area by 15,000 ha per annum from 2016 to 2014, in order to support a long term sustainable Roundwood supply of 7 to 8 million cubic meters of timber per annum is a recommended policy.
This policy is supported in Ireland by afforestation grants and annual forest premiums payable to forest owners. Support schemes in the form of forest road grants and woodland improvement grants are available to facilitate proper forest management.
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Forestry and the timber industry has been very much an under developed sector in Ireland and I feel this new website foresttomarket.ie is an ideal vehicle to help to promote and coordinate investors, farmers, auctioneers and all involved in the sector. I congratulate Paddy Bruton and all his team in Forestry Services Ltd. on this one-stop-shop website initiative and wish them every success in the future.
Sean Kelly MEP at website launch
In an environment of historically low interest rates and bond yields; volatile and nervous equity markets; uncertain property markets; the investment options are not at all clear or straightforward at the moment. For any investor, diversification is key and in that context, forestry can play a very valuable role. This website will make a very valuable contribution to investors interested in sourcing this investment option.
Jim Power, Economist at website launch