Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for forestry, has formally launched the final report and recommendations of the Forestry Policy Review Group -‘Forests, Products and People – Ireland’s forest policy – a renewed vision’.
A Forest Policy Review Group was established by the (then) Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in April 2010 to review State forestry policy to take account of its critical role in relation to climate change and its importance to construction, bio-energy, bio-diversity and its potential to deliver long-term employment in other downstream industries such as eco-tourism, furniture, crafts etc.
Welcoming the Report of the Group, Minister of State Hayes acknowledged the contribution and input of the members and those who made submissions.
“I believe that the sector has enormous potential to further contribute to the economic, environmental and social development of the country into the future. I welcome the report as a means to assist in achieving this potential,” he said.