Broadleaf Management and Thinning
National Forestry Demonstration on Broadleaf Management and Thinning
COFORD, Teagasc and the Forest Service are organising a National Demonstration on broadleaf management and thinning in Co Kilkenny on Wednesday 20 May 2009. This event is mainly aimed at landowners whose broadleaf plantations are at or near the first thinning stage. However, all forest owners or landowners who are considering broadleaf forestry will find it useful to gain an appreciation of the management of broadleaves.
The following topics will be discussed:
- Growing broadleaves for quality timber
- Thinning ash; getting the job done
- Timing the thinning of oak
- Harvesting, extraction and processing of small timber
- Future management of broadleaves
- Grey squirrel control
Currently around 30% of the annual afforestation area in Ireland is broadleaves. Early management priorities for these broadleaves has been on weed control and shaping to date. However, many of these plantations, especially light-demanding species such as ash now require tending and thinning operations to provide adequate growing space and reduce disease within the plantation. Ongoing management of broadleaves is very important on all sites. On the day, the main emphasis will be on producing quality stems and on the thinning of broadleaves.
Tending and thinning broadleaves are essential investments for the future of your crop. This is a great opportunity to acquire the know-how to get the job done. Event is free. Please bring wellies and waterproof clothes - just in case!
Wednesday 20 May 2009, The Rower, Inistoige, Co Kilkenny.
Attendees are requested to meet at the Community Hall in The Rower, Inistoige, Co Kilkenny between 11 am and 1 pm. Transport to the demonstration site will be provided. (The Rower is 12 km from New Ross).
For further information contact Frances McHugh, Teagasc Forestry Adviser, tel: 087-6222111.