Access for timber removal is extremely important for harvest operations. A forest road grant is available from the Forest Service to assist in the construction of the road, the following operations are eligible for support:
The maximum grant rate available is €40 per linear metre to a maximum of 20 linear metres per hectare (please note roading density is limited to 20m/ha for grant aid only and a forest owner may extend the road at their own cost if necessary). Your local Co-op Forester can inspect your site to assess the layout and design of the road and submit an application for road grant approval to the Forest Service.
Road Approval Criteria:
50% of forest area must be due for harvesting within next 3 years (5 years for a co-operative roading venture)
Broadleaves can be used for area calculation where the average height is 8 metres
Ownership of land on which road is to be built will be required
You must have a Felling Licence before you start to build your forest road.
Western Forestry Co-op promotes co-operative road ventures and has assisted forest owners in building co-operative roads to service adjoining plantations.