In Ireland, the landscape timber industry employs more than 200,000 people and employs more people than all other industries combined.
With an annual turnover of €2.5 billion, the sector generates €400 million annually in revenue and employs over 8,000 workers.
However, the forest industry is currently experiencing the worst downturn in a generation and there is concern over its future.
“The landscape timber trade is experiencing the biggest downturn in its history and with its sector facing the worst climate change impact in the world, it is critical that the industry and its people are protected and supported,” said Dr. Catherine Daly, environmental consultant for the Irish Landscape Forestry Alliance.
Dr. Daly spoke with RTE’s Tom O’Brien about what is happening in the landscape woodland industry in Ireland.
What are the key issues facing the landscape industry?
The landscape woodlands industry is facing many threats to its future and is dependent on the investment of both the public and private sector.
We’re seeing an increase in the number of people moving to rural areas and these are people who will have no access to forest land.
In the first half of 2017, approximately 20,000 new forest land sites were opened in the country, but there is a lack of forest infrastructure and there are a number of major issues to consider if you are considering buying a piece of land.
We also need to address the issues that exist around the health and safety of the people working on these sites, including noise, dust, pollution, health and human rights issues.
How is the landscape lumber industry protected in Ireland?
A few key factors that will help to protect the landscape forestry industry are the availability of fire and protection of the land.
Fire is not only an issue with wood products, but also with forestry products in general.
The forestry industry has a history of using fire to clear the forest and protect the land, but the industry needs to be protected in general by ensuring that the fire is properly managed.
For example, wood products such as bark, ash, twigs, and bark mulch, which is also used to clear brush and create the forest canopy, are all fire-resistant.
As well as being fire-resistance, fire is also a source of waste.
Fire-resistant trees, especially those that are in good condition, are a critical part of the landscape.
If trees that are not in good shape are burnt, they are often unable to regenerate and can fall into the surrounding forest.
To reduce the risk of these trees falling into the forest, an industry wide programme to prevent timber fires from happening is also essential.
Forestry companies are also facing increased competition from wood products.
For example, the industry is now competing with wood product companies such as pulp mills and plastics manufacturers.
These are all key issues to take into account when planning your future forest land purchase.
Will a forest product company like Igloo help me decide on a future woodland purchase?
Yes, Igloo is an Irish company that is working closely with landscape wood product manufacturers to create a framework to support their future growth.
They have established a forest wood product strategy that includes research, development, testing and testing, and has a vision to ensure that a forest products industry is viable in the future.
In addition to forest products, IGloo is also working with the landscape woods industry to ensure they have the skills and facilities they need to succeed.
IGloo also works closely with the National Green Infrastructure Council, which promotes the sustainable development of our forests, and the European Commission.
Why is the environment important for the landscape?
While the landscape forests industry is the largest, most valuable and most sustainable sector of the forestry industry in the United Kingdom, it’s the environment that is the most critical.
While a landscape timber forest may have a relatively high value, there is significant environmental damage, including fire, water pollution, and loss of habitat.
A landscape timber plant that is not properly managed will be a significant source of pollution, such as the growth of invasive species, and could negatively impact the health of nearby communities.
According to the Forest Industry Association, “There is no safe place to live or work in the countryside and, as such, a lot of the work that goes on on a forest is for the benefit of the environment.”
The forests industry, the Irish landscape wood industry, and people in general are looking to invest in the protection of their environment and the environment of others.
Where can I find more information about landscape wood products?
For information on the landscape forest industry, please contact the Forestry Industry Alliance.