Pro Silva Ireland Spring 2019 Open Forest Day: Early stage transformation to continuous cover forestry in farm forest conifer plantations, Ballycullen Farm Woodland, Co. Wicklow Sat. 27 April

An informative day to learn about the early stages of transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) in farm forest conifer plantations with a leading Irish forester | researcher | educator, Ted Wilson and international forestry expert, Pavel Bednar, from Pro…

CCF has the potential to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits like no other form of sustainable forestry. The science of CCF is rapidly developing to provide  foresters and woodland owners with the information required for best practice. As a management approach CCF is very hands-on and tangible, and there is great personal fulfilment from working in harmony with nature.

The Pro Silva approach to woodland management offers enormous benefits to biodiversity and wildlife by providing a permanent forest structure in which fauna and flora can thrive over many generations. The awareness of the importance of the protection of our soils, retention of dead wood and of utilising natural processes such as natural regeneration results in a much more holistic approach to how are forests are managed for both timber production, landscape value, carbon sequestration and ecology.

One of the things that I personally got from the Pro Silva Ireland Continuous Cover Forestry training day was a strong sense of the necessity of engagement with the forest on an on-going basis, over its, and our, lifetimes. This is proper resource management, ‘future-proofing’ both an income stream and a vigorous ecosystem. I also suspect that people living in proximity to a plantation where CCF is practised will result in happier neighbours, in the longer term, than those living near sites destined for clear-felling.