The nature of forestry.

  • Niall OCarroll Chief Inspector, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2 (retired 1995).
Keywords: Economics, forestry policy, environment, social aspects.


The author identifies the primary purpose of forests as the improvement of the life-quality of humankind through the control and management of trees and their associated ecosytems. The various elements of the science of forestry are outlined and the economic and social aspects of the forest industries are explained. The issues around valuation of forestry, including the most suitable approach to valuation, are discussed and the author concludes that State investment in forestry is commercially justified in itself even before social values are considered.
How to Cite
OCarroll, N. (1995). The nature of forestry. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from
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