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National Forestry Conference

Minor Conifer Species in Ireland

This event will accrue 15 CPD points

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This year’s National Conference assesses the future role of minor conifer species in Irish forestry. the term 'minor conifer' refers to alternatives to Sitka spruce and includes the following species that have adapted well to Irish soil and climatic conditions: Norway spruce, Douglas fir, Scots pine, larch species, western red cedar, western hemlock and Monterey pine. Sitka spruce continues to be a major species in Irish forestry in terms of yield, site adaptability and market benefits. Its success is the main reason why the Irish forestry and forest products industry now has an annual value of €2.2 billion.

However, over-reliance on one species has led to a one-dimensional forestry sector which could place the industry at risk especially in relation to possible future disease damage. Ireland doesn't have an alternative commercial species – hardwood or conifer – to Sitka spruce. Having addressed hardwoods in a previous conference, the organisers believe it is timely to explore the potential of alternative conifer species.

Who Should Attend:

The conference is aimed at forest owners, producer groups, foresters and forestry companies, researchers, State agencies, timber processors and end users.

The registration fee is €80 and includes morning coffee, interval refreshments, lunch and conference booklet.

Cheques to the Technical Director, Society of Irish Foresters, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.'