The wet weather and storms over the past few weeks have led to considerable windblow damage in some Irish forests and, according to Teagasc, the Munster area has been especially hard hit.
Estimates of the area blown over and/or damaged range from 4,000 – 8,000 hectares on a national level, it said and it is urging forest owners to take action now. By taking timely action, severe financial losses can be avoided, it has advised.
“Extensive damage has occurred to both individual trees on farms and also to forestry plantations,” noted John Casey, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc in Cork.
“Many landowners are facing into unprecedented numbers of fallen trees and are uncertain as to what their best approach should be. Teagasc advises forest owners to check their plantations when it is safe to do so, and if necessary to take action now. Most windblown timber can still be salvaged and severe financial losses avoided if the correct action is taken.”
He continued: “Teagasc can offer you advice and support on what steps to take next. Therefore, if you have any questions at all on procedures on timber removal, felling licence applications, liability issues or who to contact; talk to your local forestry advisor. You will receive independent and objective advice.”
Casey pointed out that it is important to get sound advice as tree felling may require you to obtain a felling licence prior to cutting down the trees. He said: “Teagasc can explain when felling licences may be required and what the relevant steps are. Such licences are issued by the Forest Service. Their Felling Section can be contacted at 053-9160200 if you have any further queries.”
To find out what your options are, or what steps to take next, contact your local Forestry Advisor. Contact details are available from your local Teagasc office or visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry/staff.