Pro Silva Ireland

Pro Silva Ireland study trip to France: now fully booked

June 19, 2018

Pro Silva Ireland has been delighted with the growing interest in our annual study trips. This year’s trip planned for September is now fully subscribed and 24 members will be participating in examining Close-to-Nature managed forests in Eastern France.

This is a reminder also that members need to book their own flights: details below.

Pro Silva Ireland Annual Members Study Tour                                                                                                                                            

We are kindly being hosted this year by Marc-Etienne Wilhelm of ONF in France. The tour will be in the Alsace and Vosges region of eastern France and will take place from September 13th to 16th. There will be an emphasis on broadleaved (particularly oak) silviculture and we will see a range of sites with different high value hardwood species. . There will also be a session looking at irregular thinning of Douglas fir in the Vosges mountains.

Marc-Etienne is one of Europe’s top silviculturalists who provides training for French foresters and different forestry groups from around Europe and we are honoured that he has agreed to host us.
We will be flying to Stuttgart in Germany and hiring (self-drive) vehicles based on the numbers. As usual with Pro Silva Ireland study tours, we will ask participants to organise their own flights and then we will share costs such as car hire on the trip. Typically we use budget accommodation and we will advise participants of the selected accommodation in due course.

The flight details are:

· Ryanair: Dublin (16.00) to Stuttgart (19.10) Thursday 13th September
· Ryanair: Stuttgart (19.55) to Dublin (21.10) Sunday 16th September

We will be based in the town of Obernai which is due south-west from Strasbourg.



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