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.
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.
Membership of Pro Silva Ireland has been a really enriching experience for me both professionally and personally. Those of us who founded Pro Silva Ireland back in 2000 did so to explore the alternatives to clearfelling in Ireland. But we discovered this amazing network of like minded forestry people, as diverse yet connected as the forest itself.
To me, ProSilva forest management provides the means where forests can be manged to produce high quality timber and in a financial and ecologically sustainable manner, whilst maintaining forest condition and habitat.
Our 2 acres of woodland is more diverse and thriving; and is providing 70 tonnes of firewood every three years! Continuous cover forestry is the way forward for so many reasons.
Close-to-Nature forestry is good for forests, people and the planet. I’m excited to be a part of a growing conversation for permanent forests in Ireland.