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Department launches National Forestry Inventory Publications

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today announced the publication of three National Forest Inventory (NFI) documents: National Forest Inventory Republic of Ireland Methodology, National Forest Inventory Republic of Ireland Proceedings of NFI Conference and National Forest Inventory Republic of Ireland Results.

The Inventory, carried out by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, involved a detailed field survey of Ireland's forests to assess the composition and condition of the entire national forest estate, both public and private. The inventory, the first such ever to be carried out at national level in this State, began in November 2004 and was completed on schedule in November 2006. Data processing, analysis and reporting were completed during 2007.

The publications provide the background to the National Forest Inventory, sampling design, data analysis, and an overview of the key findings. The information gathered in the NFI encompasses the traditional parameters, such as the area and species composition of the national forest estate and the growing stock, as well as, for the first time in Ireland, information with regard to biodiversity, health and vitality, carbon content and soil type, for the entire forest estate.

The Department highlighted some of the findings of the inventory, including that the total forest area in Ireland is 10% of the total land area; 57% is in public ownership and 43% in private ownership; and that almost two thirds of the national forest estate is less than 20 years old. While the publications are of particular interest to those directly involved in the sector, the approach taken, the technology applied and the range of findings which have resulted would make them attractive to a very wide audience.

The NFI publications are posted on the Forest Service webpage (www.agriculture.gov.ie/nfi).

Further information on the NFI can be obtained from: Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford
Tel: 053 916 3400
Email:

nfi@agriculture.gov.ie

12 December, 2007

Notes for Editors

The information gathered in the NFI encompasses the traditional parameters, such as the area and species composition of the national forest estate. These results confirm that:

  • The total forest area in Ireland is 10% of the total land area;
  • 57% is in public ownership and 43% in private ownership;
  • Almost two thirds of the national forest estate is less than 20 years old;
  • The percentage of broadleaf and conifer tree species present in the national forest estate is ca. 25% and 75%, respectively;
  • It has been estimated that there is ca. 70 million m3 growing stock in the national forest estate, equating to an average of 112m3/ha;
  • It is estimated that there are 2.4 billion trees present in the forest estate, which contain 30 million tonnes of carbon.

Also, for the first time in Ireland, information with regard to biodiversity, health and vitality and soil type, for the entire forest estate is available. For the first time these results confirm that:

  • Over 20% of the forest area is comprised of native tree species;
  • One quarter of the forest stands had three or more tree species present;
  • The national deadwood volume stock has been quantified at 5.7 million m3, which is in the form of stumps, deadlogs and standing dead trees;
  • No significant threats to health and vitality of the national forest estate were discovered;
  • In relation to ground vegetation, there is substantial range and quantity of plant species present in the national forest estate;
  • Over half of the forest estate had tree lichens present;
  • 10% of the forest area is in the form of managed open spaces.

Date Released: 12 December 2007