Case study Q&A
How does the value chain look like: supply, demand, timber market?
Large industry dominates, multiple types of wood processing, export oriented (UK dominated exports).
What are the silvicultural measures applied – if any?
- No-thin regime in windthrow-prone areas
- Restriction of planting to lower elevations
- Early thinning in moderate/stable sites
- Reduce harvest age in windthrow-prone areas
What is the amount of the wood harvested?
Answer: In 2021 4.33 million m3 of roundwood was removed from Ireland’s forests for processing (excluding firewood) in the Republic of Ireland, a 31% increase compared to 2015 production (DAFM 2022). Since 2006 the private forest estate (see in red in the chart) is increasingly contributing to the total harvested volume, currently approximately 48% of the output.