Forest owners get thinning advice to maximise return from operations

Thinning plays a vital role in improving woodland quality, forest owners will be told at this morning’s IFA Farm Forestry conference in Athlone.

Open to all private forest owners and free for IFA Farm Forestry members, the ‘Business of Forestry’ conference takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. Private forest owners will learn how to improve the management of their forests to maximise the economic return from thinning operations.

“It is important to have some basic knowledge of the timber sales process and markets, even if you are employing a forester to manage the operation,” said a spokesperson for IFA Farm Forestry.

“Currently timber prices are good and harvesting activity in the private forest sector has increased significantly. However, thinning is not just about income generation, the main aim of thinning is to improve the overall quality of your forest.”

Thinning is considered the best management tool available to forest owners to improve the timber quality as it focuses future growth on the better quality trees.

Speakers include Enda Keane of TreeMetrics; and Trevor McHugh, IFS Asset Managers, will discuss the necessity of good timber sales contract to protect you from poor harvesting practices.


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