Forest Owner Discussion Groups

Gathering forest owners into local forums. Forest owner discussion groups are facilitated by Teagasc locally to facilitate peer learning and collaboration. Representatives of the groups also meet annually to compare development. Teagasc are in a unique position to be able to engage with local forest owners and build their capacity to develop a local group. It is based on an initial willingness in a core group locally to engage and sustain the group. A challenge is to progress groups to a commercial / sustainable level and mobilise timber. One of the main causes of success is the bottom up approach, led by local forest owners and supported by local Teagasc development officers. 26 discussion groups were developed originally and some have evolved commercial aspects, some have engaged actively in forest management and a number of groups have merged towards economy of scale.


More info

Contact: Nuala Ni Fhlatharta


Email: nuala.nifhlatharta@teagasc.ie


Institution: Teasgasc


Countries: Ireland


Categories

Accesses: Public access


Geographic Contexts: Rural


Domain: Management , Ownership


Coniferous Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use


Harwood Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use


Govern Actors: Other government advisory services (eg RDP) , Stakeholder networks and associations


Financial Supports: government forest planting support scheme


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