The public has been urged to help shape a management plan for The Gearagh in mid-Cork.
The area is one of the country’s most ecologically unique and beautiful regions. The unique submerged glacial woodland, 3km east of Macroom, is a special area of conservation, majority-owned by the ESB.
A management plan is being developed between the ESB and government agencies and departments.
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada, who has campaigned for a management plan to be put in place to protect the unique flora and fauna in the Gearagh and which would also promote the development of the woodland as a site for research, eco-tourism and recreation, said she is determined the opinions and suggestions of the wider community are heard as this plan was being put together.
She has encouraged people to attend a public meeting on the issue in the Castle Hotel, Macroom, at 8pm tomorrow.
“In tandem with the conservation of the unique flora and fauna of the Gearagh, access to the Gearagh as a recreation site for the community must be maintained,” she said.
“I am also eager to explore the potential for the development of eco-tourism and a research presence, which would benefit the local economy and create jobs.
She said the management plan for the Gearagh must be wide-ranging, long-term, and imaginative.
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