The European Forestry Organization, Pro Silva, of which Ireland is a part, is holding a very relevant and practical forest visit in Co Leitrim on Saturday, 28th April.
The day will be of great benefit to anyone owning or managing forests throughout Ireland, but it will be of particular relevance to Leitrim people with an interest in forestry.
The venue will be David and Mary Legge’s, near Keshcarrigan, Co. Leitrim. Meet at 10.30am in the car park of Foxfield Catholic Church on the Fenagh/Keshcarrigan road R209.
Be on time, as there will be car pooling to the sites.
Please bring your own packed lunch and wet weather clothing and boots.
David and Mary Legge and family have a range of forestry plantations all of which are being transformed to Continuous Cover Forests, or in other words, permanent forests.
Unlike most forestry carried out in Ireland, these plantations will not be clearfelled but are being managed commercially in a way that improves the quality of the timber as well as the quality of the forest.
In the morning there will be a visit to a high Yield Class stand of Sitka spruce planted in 1990 which to date has received two transformation thinnings using the graduated density system. There will be discussions on the next steps as the third thinning is imminent.
There will also be a visit to a small mixed hardwood stand and another poor quality mixture of Ash and Noble fir. Discussions will focus on how to improve the forests.
In the afternoon there will be a visit to more broadleaved stands, including a very interesting 4 acre stand of alder established solely by natural regeneration and a stand of birch established in 2002.
There will be discussions on the need for early intervention in these stands.
As with all Pro Silva Ireland events, two foresters from other European countries will attend the day. Marc Etienne from Prosilva France and Thomas Vrska from Pro Silva in the Czech Republic will be on hand to help teach this innovative method of forest management.
There will be a voluntary cover charge to help cover the costs of the day.
This will be a fantastic insight into the management and transformation of recently established plantations into permanent forests on Leitrim soils and conditions.