Teagasc and the Forest Service has organised a National Forestry Event focusing on the Management and Thinning of Oak and Conifer Mixtures.

The event will take place on Wednesday July 10th at the Kilruane McDonagh GAA Centre, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary.

Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department said: “Good management of forests is essential to maximise their value. The forest sector makes an important contribution of €2.2 billion every year to the Irish economy, which is significant, especially in these difficult times.”

Michael Somers, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc outlined the purpose of the event: “With the management of oak, thinning is an essential operation to ensure the production of valuable hardwood timber and to optimise returns. This is very important especially in oak/conifer mixtures, where without the necessary intervention; the conifer may out-compete and smother the oak.”

Among the other subjects being discussed, attendants can expect information on the optimum time to commence thinning, chainsaw felling and safety, timber presentation for extraction and potential uses for the timber.

Full details of this worthwhile event can be found on the Teagasc Forestry website.