TRANSFORMING IRISH FORESTS: Pro Silva Webinar on Continuous Cover Forestry

Update: Due to the interest in the webinar, Pro Silva Ireland now has open this webinar to all – there are unlimited places but please book.

8 to 9 PM, Tuesday 8 September 2020 | Open to All | Booking Essential


There is great interest in continuous cover forestry (CCF) at the present time. A new grant scheme and recent policy developments are stimulating demand for CCF. However, as with all new approaches, there is a learning curve and need for practitioners to share their experiences. In this webinar, Liam Byrne and Ted Wilson present an update on the TranSSFor research project and discuss practical issues related to implementing stand transformation. 


The session has three parts. 

  • In part 1, Ted will present an overview of the TranSSFor project, which is the most important long-term study on the transformation of Sitka spruce to CCF. 
  • In part 2, Liam and Ted will discuss common issues that arise when transforming Irish spruce forests. 
  • Part 3 will be a Q and A session; participants will have an opportunity to be actively involved, and to share their own insights.


  • The meeting will last approximately 50 minutes. 
  • Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Members and non-members of Pro Silva Ireland are welcome. 
  • Booking is via Eventbrite; there is no charge. 
  • The session will be presented via Zoom. Participants should log in 10 minutes before the start of the session. 
  • The webinar will be recorded and available later on the Pro Silva Ireland website. 

Full details and registration information here:

About the Presenters

Liam Byrne
Chair of Pro Silva Ireland, Liam Byrne
Ted Wilson, Silviculturist
Ted Wilson, Silviculturist (Photo: Sheena Wilson)

Liam Byrne is a director of Larry Byrne and Sons (Timber) Ltd which is engaged in forestry contracting and sawmilling, based in Co. Wicklow. Liam’s primary role in his family business is coordinating forestry operations. The family has a long history of carrying out timber harvesting for a range of clients, including CCF across many forest types. Liam is the current chair of Pro Silva Ireland.

Ted Wilson is a silviculturist with international experience in tree biology, silviculture and woodland management. He is Walsh Scholar in Silviculture (and PhD candidate) with the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, based at Ashtown Research Centre, Dublin. His main role is to deliver the TranSSFor project, which focuses on the transformation of Sitka spruce stands to CCF. The project is funded by Teagasc; supervisors are Dr Ian Short (Teagasc) and Prof Aine Ni Dubhain (UCD).

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