National Forestry Conference 2010
National Forestry Conference 2010
Generating Revenue from Your Woodlands
26 March 2010
Ireland is beginning to show small signs of recovery from one of the worst economic downturns in living memory. As forest owners and managers, we have an important role to play in using our forests and woodlands to aid this recovery - to enhance our own economic situation, and also to contribute to the national effort.
The impressive line-up of speakers at this conference is well qualified to guide us in this process. The presentations will outline developments in the UK forest industry, assess timber supply and demand in our own forest sector, and look at options available to make the best use of our indigenous forest resource.
The 2010 National Forestry Conference is jointly organised by the Society of Irish Foresters, the Irish Timber Growers Association and the Council for Forest Research and Development.
09:45 Welcome address: Brendan Lacey, ITGA Chairman
Chair: David Gunning, Coillte
10:00 Opening address: Minister Tony Killeen, TD, Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
10:20 Developments in the UK forest industry and implications for the roundwood market (pdf 2,041Kb) Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confederation of Forest Industries
Recent developments in the UK roundwood market and industry, from past to future roundwood supply and future forecast demand, trends in the UK forest industry and likely developments.
11:30 Roundwood supply and demand forecasts and infrastructural requirements (pdf 1,270Kb) : Michael Lynn, COFORD Chairman
Up to date statistics on roundwood market demand and supply forecasts for Ireland, market growth areas, optimising markets at local and national level, infrastructural requirements to take advantage of supply/demand forecasts, opportunities for innovation.
12:10 Fostering our indigenous forestry sector (pdf 116Kb) : John Gillespie, Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Forestry as an indigenous industry is looking to export more value added products while optimising the existing forest resource. Major issues are ensuring that the now significant private forest area is thinned, and developing the role of the wider industry in the formulation of strategy and forest policy.
Chair: Eugene Hendrick, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
14:00 Wood energy - New markets for roundwood (pdf 3,058Kb) : John Reilly, Head of PowerGen, Bord na Móna
What new market entrants like Bord na Móna are seeking, potential size of wood energy market, current infrastructure and related issues, new developments in this market, what growers/foresters need to know, how to sell into this market .
14:40 Utilising your forest for wood and wind energy (pdf 602Kb) : Jim Dudley, Technical Energy Solutions Ltd.
Wood heating systems and wind turbine options for forest owners, how to source appropriate wood heating and wind turbine systems, basic requirements, costs, brief Irish case studies.
15:20 Panel discussion
16:00 Closing remarks: Pat Farrington, SIF President
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM (pdf 539Kb)
Complete and return registration form to: Society of Irish Foresters, Glenealy, Co Wicklow; Tel: 086-2582240, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance at the conference (including refreshments and lunch) is subject to a registration fee of €65.00 per person (student rate €35.00).
VENUE: Lyrath Estate Hotel, Dublin Road, Kilkenny - Tel:¿056-7760088; www.lyrath.com