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How ProSilva Ireland has spread the knowledge of Close-to-Nature forestry across Ireland since 2000

July 27, 2011

To increase the knowledge of Close to Nature – Continuous Cover forestry in Ireland, where long term permanent forest management is barely known, the ProSilva Ireland group has over the last 10 years organised public open forest days twice each year, to forests that have been begun to be managed in this way.

At each event experienced ProSilva European members have helped lead the discussions as Ireland has great potential to transform much of its monoculture conifer plantations to mixed species, uneven aged, economically and ecological valuable and vibrant, permanent forests. Such forests will be economically and ecologically more resilient and do much in meeting carbon requirements.
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All are welcome to ProSilva Ireland Open Forest days – 2 Open Forest days are organised by the committee every year. Sign up on the homepage with your email to hear of the next event.

By Donal O’Hare, ProSilva Ireland committee.

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