| PhD Opportunity - Low Impact Silvicultural Systems in Ireland
The Low Impact Silvicultural Systems in Ireland (LISS) research project
aims to expand the knowledge base on sustainable forest management in
Ireland. The project is run by University College Dublin, the forest
management research company Purser Tarleton Russell Ltd. and the
semi-state forestry company Coillte Teo, and is funded by COFORD, the
National Council for Forest Research and Development in Ireland,
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
The project starts in July 2010 and will end in June 2014. The starting
date of the PhD research position is flexible, but preferably close to
1 September, 2010.
Closing date for applications is July 30th, 2010 at 5 pm.
The PhD scholarship will have a value of circa €17,000 per year.
Tuition fees sufficient for an EU student are available. Find out more
by clicking the title.
Pro Silva Ireland Policy Document Launched
Pro Silva Ireland is launching its Forestry Policy document in Wicklow
on Saturday 24 April at its Forest Open Day at Cloragh Farm. Pro
Silva Ireland is part of Pro Silva Europe, a 27 country European
network of professional forest owners and managers, who practice close
to nature forest management in permanent forests.
The Pro Silva Ireland Forestry policy prioritises the need for long
term, permanent mixed species forestry that are both ecologically and
economically sustainable. It endorses the Close to Nature-Continuous
Cover professional Forest Management Systems that have been developed
and practiced in European countries since the mid 20th century. Pro
Silva Europe is now a network of 27 participating forestry
organisations. It originated in Slovenia, a country that has a long
history in permanent forest management. Sixty percent of Slovenia
is permanently forested, and it makes up 60 percent of its GDP, even
though clear-felling is illegal there. Close to Nature forest
management harnesses the strength and vitality of natural systems to
optimize forest growth and regeneration while sustainable selective
felling is practiced to generate income.
The Pro Silva Ireland forest Policy addresses the following main issues:
1. Forests should be permanent and
managed in concert rather than in conflict with nature.
2. A broader base of silvicultural
systems, including Close-to-Nature systems, should be available to and
utilised by Irish foresters and forest owners.
3. New forests are necessary in Ireland
in order to sequester carbon, regulate climate, provide indigenous
energy and timber resources, enhance biodiversity and provide new
4. Native woodland areas should be
strategically protected and restored with strategic new linkages.
5. Forest management systems and forest
policy should be refined to optimise this important function of carbon
6. The capacity for forests to produce
timber, a sustainable natural resource, is of great importance and
creates employment while sustaining a wide range of industries, from
craft to industrial, across rural Ireland.
7. An all Ireland deer management policy
should be developed which leads to sustainable deer numbers and
profitable stalking and venison sectors.
8. Sustainable forest management is
dependent on adequate forest access for timber harvesting, extraction,
other management and recreation and funding for the development of
access in private forests is essential if private forestry is to
develop sustainably in Ireland.
9. Both governments, north and south,
should adopt a certified forest products procurement policy whereby all
paper, timber and other forest products purchased by or for government
and government agencies is certified.
Pro Silva Ireland is a small but rapidly growing professional forestry
organisation. It is a non-profit organisation founded in June 2000 and
membership is made up of forest owners, foresters, forestry students
and others who wish to practice and learn more about Close to Nature
Forest Management. Pro Silva Ireland is an all-Ireland organisation,
embracing membership from both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
Pro Silva Ireland is also pleased to announce that all are welcome to
attend its Open Forest day at Cloragh Farm where Pro Silva managment
methods are employed, from 11am-4pm at Nun’s Cross, Ashford, Co.
Wicklow. In attendance will be two visiting Pro Silva leading
foresters, Dr Jurij Diaci, Head of the Slovenian Forest Service and
Prof. Jürgen Huss, a leading German forest expert who has a keen
interest in Irish forestry.
To download the policy click here.
Pro Silva Ireland Members now have access to a private
networking site prosilvaireland.ning.com;
it is like a private Facebook for Pro Silva Ireland. It is a simple
interactive but powerful networking website that members can use to
begin to share their forestry knowledge, even if they live in different
areas. Members can list their skills, knowledge and interests and share
with others on their own members pages. You can upload images, videos
of your woodlands, forestry work etc.
If you are a member and would like to use this Pro Silva
Members site, please email Cathy Fitzgerald for a login invitation at email@example.com
Purser of Pro Silva Ireland presented ithe organisations
principles on the popular Ear to the Ground
program produced by Agtel for viewing on Irish television. The Photo to
the right shows Paddy Purser during one of the interviews. Other
interviewees included Huw Denman, who is a Near To Nature Forestry
expert from Wales. The program was considered a success and although
short, our message was clear.