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An enjoyable evening of forestry

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timber being collected and loaded for the sawmill

The live demonstration of harvesting in action was a big hit along with timber being collected and loaded for the sawmill.

An enjoyable evening of forestry Western Forestry Co-op hosted another great field evening on harvesting in Kilmovee. There was a great turn out on the evening with plenty of discussion and questions from forest owners. The live demonstration of harvesting in action was a big hit along with timber being collected and loaded for the sawmill.

Great turnout in Kilmovee

Great turnout in Kilmovee for the Western Forestry Co-op field evening.

Topics discussed on the night included forest roading and planning permission for a road entrance and the felling licence application process which can take up to 9 - 1 2 months to get all licenses approved; so, owners need to be thinking ahead when it comes to thinning and final harvest.

Western Forestry Co-op outlined how they complete these applications as well as managing the sale through their co-op model. This gets the best return for the forest owner, from the initial forest visit (which is free) right through to replanting the felled area and the importance of fostering an indigenous forest culture in Ireland through to generational handover, so that the benefits from the forest enterprise remain in rural Ireland in the local community and continues to compliment farming as it was intended.

Forest owners also got to see first-hand the difference between a high and an average yielding crop, which can be as much as €4,000 an acre in revenue: The high yielding forest earning approx. €10,000/acre net profit for the forest owner. The importance of managing the crop to increase yields was also discussed.

For more information or to be on the mail/text out list for future events please contact Western Forestry Co-op on 071 9161458.

 

 

 

Fire Danger Notice 09 of 2018 Issue date: 05 JUNE 2018 @ 1500hrs

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Arising from current dry conditions and high temperatures associated with continental high
pressure systems, a high fire risk is deemed to exist in all areas where hazardous fuels exist.
A high ignition risk is deemed to exist in public amenity areas adjacent to urban centres and
on areas of open land at risk from illegal burning of waste. Increased upland growth levels
and live fuel moisture, coupled with high humidity levels can be expected to moderate fire
behaviour and spread rates at this point, subject to local terrain and wind conditions.

Condition Orange – High Fire Risk Be Prepared

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Forest and landowners need to be alert. In the absence of significant precipitation the current weather conditions are likely to produce an Extreme Fire Danger Risk in Western most coastal areas where hazardous fuels exist.  Forest owners and landowners and local authorities should implement fire patrols to exclude all fire activity from the landscape and enforce relevant fire protection legislation (no burning between 1st March and 31st August). Make sure your forest insurance is up to date (ring Head Office on 071-9161458). Check fire breaks, check your fire plan which should have relevant phone numbers (fire brigade, neighbours, Garda Station, forest manager etc), location of fire equipment such as beaters, spades, shovels etc and a forest map outlining access points and water sources.

Rising Timber Prices Good News for Forest Owners

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Marina Conway CEO of Western Forestry Co-op recently announced that it is “good news for forest owners as softwood timber prices are at an all time high and have been steadily increasing which is a good time for forest owners to reap the rewards of their long term investment”.

Marina advised that “forest owners generally fall in to two categories regarding harvesting – those who are at thinning stage (intermediate harvest to remove competition and increase the value of the final crop trees) or final harvest which is the overall return on your forest crop”.  Forest owners need to be aware that “forest thinning must be done within certain timeframes i.e. before the crop reaches a certain height so if your forest needs thinning you need to apply for a felling license and a forest road license, if you have to widen your existing forest entrance then you will also require planning permission”.  Western Forestry Co-op have been working on behalf of farmers and forest owners for 33 years and will prepare the applications but have advised that it can take up to 6 months for license applications to be granted so you need to be planning and getting ready up to one year in advance.
 

 

Marina further added that “Western Forestry Co-op’s harvest model has been providing the best return to forest owners in the region, we manage all aspects of your harvest and sell the different timber products to the highest bidder, as a Co-op our job is to get the best price for the farmer/forest owner whilst also professionally managing your forest operation to ensure the value is in the final crop where the greatest return will be”.
 
If you would like more information or a free assessment of your forest and advice on whether it is a good time to harvest or not contact Victor Barber, Harvesting Manager on 086-8289926. Western Forestry Co-op will be running a harvesting evening in May, please check www.westernforestrycoop.ie and our facebook page for times and location or ring Head Office on 071-9161458 and we can add you to our text event list.

 

Forest have received its first thinning, timber stacked roadside for haulage to the different timber buyers

Forest Fire Danger Alert – Is your Forest Insured?

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Sarah Stewart, Western Forestry Co-op

The sun has arrived at long last and whilst it is very welcome, it is also a time when forest owners need to be extremely vigilant with regard to fire risk and uncontrolled burning. A few dry days can dry out vegetation very quickly and the risk of forest fires increases dramatically. The main causes of forest fires over the past 5 years has been gorse and peatland burning, accidental fires and arson.  Forest owners need to be very vigilant and make sure their forest is insured as you are required by law to replant your forest if it is burnt and one of the largest costs will be the replanting costs.

Western Forestry Co-op administers a low cost group forest insurance scheme for forest owners.  We are delighted to say that last year we greatly improved our forest insurance scheme by securing better cover for your forest and also providing a discounted renewal premium, possibly the only insurance that provided a discounted premium last year.  Our forest insurance scheme provides covers for fire, lightning, explosion, storm up to 55 years, replanting costs, fire brigade cover and additional cover for damage to gates, stiles, fences, roads, felled timber etc all at no extra cost to the forest owner and a ZERO policy excess on a fire claim and a reduced excess to €1,000 on a storm claim. 

What you are insured for includes:

•    Reconstitution (replanting costs up to €3,500/ha)
•    Loss of Value (timber revenue)
•    Fire Brigade Charges (up to €220k per policy)
•    Public Liability (optional)

For example if you planted 8 ha in 2007 and 4 ha of it burnt, you are covered for the cost of replanting (up to €14,000), compensation for loss of growth on your 11 year old forest (approx €15,000 lump sum) and fire brigade charges up to €220,000 per policy. The premium for this for the year is approx €110. For an insurance quote or for more information, please call Sarah on 071-9161458.

  Forest Fire Danger – Insure your valuable asset

 

Condition Yellow – Moderate Fire Risk Be Aware

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Yellow Alert Mar18

Forest and landowners need to be alert. In the absence of significant precipitation the current weather conditions are likely to produce an Extreme Fire Danger Risk in Western most coastal areas where hazardous fuels exist.  Forest owners and landowners and local authorities should implement fire patrols to exclude all fire activity from the landscape and enforce relevant fire protection legislation (no burning between 1st March and 31st August). Make sure your forest insurance is up to date (ring Head Office on 071-9161458). Check fire breaks, check your fire plan which should have relevant phone numbers (fire brigade, neighbours, Garda Station, forest manager etc), location of fire equipment such as beaters, spades, shovels etc and a forest map outlining access points and water sources.

Red Forest Fire Danger Warning – Be Alert, Take Immediate Action

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 Fire risk red

Forest and landowners need to be alert. In the absence of significant precipitation the current weather conditions are likely to produce an Extreme Fire Danger Risk in Western most coastal areas where hazardous fuels exist.  Forest owners and landowners and local authorities should implement fire patrols to exclude all fire activity from the landscape and enforce relevant fire protection legislation (no burning between 1st March and 31st August). Make sure your forest insurance is up to date (ring Head Office on 071-9161458). Check fire breaks, check your fire plan which should have relevant phone numbers (fire brigade, neighbours, Garda Station, forest manager etc), location of fire equipment such as beaters, spades, shovels etc and a forest map outlining access points and water sources.

New Increases In Forestry Measures

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Western Forestry Co-op welcomes the announcement of increased measures in the forestry programme for both farmers, landowners and forest owners. Minister Andrew Doyle TD, stated “The changes recommended by the conclusions of the Midterm Review are primarily aimed at enhancing the environmental benefits of forestry while at the same time addressing the shortfall in key target areas. The higher premium rates introduced under the Midterm Review will make it even more attractive for farmers to plant trees. Farm forestry presents a real opportunity for landowners to increase their income while continuing to farm. Planting part of a farm, perhaps the more remote or more difficult land with trees can introduce a new source of income while allowing landowners to maintain their existing output.” Please see summary of measures below, for more information or how these measures can benefit you please call your local co-op forester CLICK HERE  or Head Office on 071-9161458.

 

Summary of changes following adoption of midterm review proposals - Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020

Measure 1: Afforestation and creation of woodlands

Forest premium increases

•    5% increase in all broadleaves and diverse conifer premium categories i.e. GPC 4 to GPC 10
•    2% in premium rate for all plantations greater than 10 hectares
•    The minimum mandatory requirement per site is increased to 15% broadleaves.

GPC = Grant and Premium Category

Forest Fencing and Tree Shelter Scheme

•    Additional Fencing: IS436 increased to maximum grant of €600 (140m/ha)

•    New deer fencing provision of 140 m/ha

•    Upgrade to deer fencing scheme

•    A contribution of up to €300/ha for tree shelters aimed mainly, but not exclusively, at protecting broadleaves in the category “Additional Broadleaves, ADB”

•    A contribution of €2.5/m up to a maximum of 140m per ha for forests that have been subject to hare damage

Forestry for fibre

•    Number of premiums increased from 10 to 15
•    Grant per hectare increased to match that of GPC 3 (from €2,450 to €3,815)
•    Premium rate per hectare increased to equal GPC3 (from €180 to €510)

Agroforestry

•    Premium rate per hectare increased to equal GPC6 (from €260 to €645)
•    Grant per hectare increased to match that of GPC 3 (from €4,450 to €6,220)
•    Eligible for grants under Woodland Improvement Scheme (WIS) for thinning, tending and pruning

Measure 2: Neighbourwoods

•    The scheme now open to applications throughout the year
•    Increased coordination and promotion of this scheme
•    Increased allocation will be made available to reflect the scale of works being undertaken within individual projects under this scheme

Measure 3: Forest Roads

•    Road density increased from 20m/ha to 25m/ha

Measure 5: Woodland Improvement Scheme (WIS)

•    The WIS scheme will now be opened up to non grant aided broadleaf forests and all broadleaved mixtures that meet the required eligibility criteria.
•    Furthermore, all broadleaved forests, including mixtures will be eligible for 2nd thinning grants of €500/ha.
Support for Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF)
This element of WIS is now open to conifer, mixed and broadleaf forests; successful applicants are eligible for three WIS payments (€750) for three separate interventions under the WIS scheme over a period of 12 years, once the work is in line with the approved transformation to CCF plan

Measure 6: Native Woodland Conservation

•    Increased grant available under the Public High Forest category to match that of the Private High Forest.
•    Access now allowed to forest fencing and tree shelter scheme.
•    Fencing allowances available under the Afforestation Grant & Premium Scheme now also apply to Native Woodland Scheme (Conservation)

Measure 7: Knowledge Transfer and Information Actions

Introduction of a national scheme for Forestry Knowledge Transfer Groups (KTG) focusing on the mobilisation of timber and biomass

Measure 10: Forest Genetic Reproductive Material

•    Seed Stand & Seed Orchard Scheme open for applications all year round.
•    Seed Stand Element


o    grant aid/ha increased to €750/ha (€600 first instalment and €150 for second instalment). Objectives changed to reflect lower expectations for Seed stands and 2-3 seed orchards each year for the remaining time of the programme.

o    Additional fencing grant allowance. For areas susceptible to deer damage and where deemed appropriate by the Forest Service, additional support for deer fencing will be provided to protect the stand. This will be paid in accordance with the rates and densities per hectare as described in the revised Afforestation Scheme document. However, if additional deer fencing is required, this will be considered on a case by case basis.

o    Applications for Douglas fir, Scots pine, Western red cedar, and western hemlock will be considered

Measure 11: Forest Management Plans

A new Forest Management Plan and Certification Scheme is proposed which will support certification of privately owned forests.

Happy Christmas From All at Western Forestry Co-op

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Happy Christmas From All at Western Forestry Co-op

 

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Like last year, Western Forestry Co-op are not sending out cards at Christmas. But have chosen to make a donation of a “Tree Plantation” instead. We would like to wish all our customers, suppliers, and contractors a very Happy Christmas and New Year

Western Forestry Co-op host delegates from SECURE Smarter Energy Communities Project

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Western Forestry co-op were delighted to host delegates from the SECURE or Smarter Energy Communities in Northern & Arctic Regions Project supported by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme to a broadleaf forest that Western Forestry Co-op established for Brian and Kenny McCauley of McCauley Wood Fuels. The land that they afforested was an area that was marginal for farming and as the McCauleys have a fuel business Brian decided to plant hardwood trees with the aim of using the thinnings for their own firewood business.  Western Forestry Co-op and McCauley Wood Fuels are stakeholders in the project for regional partner Leitrim County Council.

Marina Conway, CEO Western Forestry Co-op along with Brian and Kenny McCauley outlining establishment and management practices on their hardwood forest in Mohill, Co Leitrim.

 

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