Why forests?

  • T. McEvoy Chief Inspector, Forest and Wildlife Service, Dublin.
Keywords: Wood use, wood demand, product development, agricultural subsidies, land supply, marginal land, grants, marketing, forest products.


In attempting to answer the question "why forests?" T will forego the reams of figures, encouraging though they may be to a forester, in the various FAa reports on world and European timber trends and prospects. Nor will I go into a deep analysis of the economic studies which have become so much a feature of our times and which tend to show that no sane economic being would invest a penny in forests when, apparently, a comfortable 10 per cent compound interest or better can be obtained from activities quite unrelated to land use and when therefore a 10 per cent discount rate in real terms is prescribed for this long term investment. I will only comment that recent events, especially the fuel situation, have raised serious doubts about such prescriptions. Only yesterday I noted an investment consultant rated farms and forests before stocks and shares for 1974...
How to Cite
McEvoy, T. (1974) “Why forests?”, Irish Forestry. Available at: https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/9270 (Accessed: 22February2024).
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