Availability of land for forestry in Ireland and its suitability for Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.)Carr).
Keywords: Picea sitchensis, Sitka spruce, State afforestation, private forestry, farmer forestry, marginal land, agricultural soils, land availability, grants, support systems, land use, land acquisition, forestry policy.
AbstractThe author notes the government's inability to take advantage of falling land prices to consolidate forest holdings. At least 10,000 hectares will need to be planted for a further 15 years to ensure stability of supply to the timber industry. It is unlikely that private institutional afforestation will make up for the shortfall caused by government cutbacks in the State's forestry programme. Support for farmer afforestation is suggested as a partial solution to the reduction in planting.
How to Cite
Bulfin, M. (1987) “Availability of land for forestry in Ireland and its suitability for Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.)Carr).”, Irish Forestry. Available at: https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/9597 (Accessed: 22September2023).