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Minister Wallace announces the introduction of regulations for the aerial application of fertilisers to forests

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, with responsibility for forestry, Mary Wallace TD, has today announced the introduction of Regulations to provide for a statutory licensing system for the aerial application of fertilisers to forests.

Statutory Instrument No. 592 of 2006 replaces the existing administrative approval procedure. The Regulations provide for application procedures and requirements, a consultation process, protection of European Sites and maximum rates of application.

Aerial fertilisation of forests must now be carried out in accordance with a licence. Application for a licence may be made in writing to the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture and Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford. Applicants are advised to apply in good time, allowing at least 10 weeks for processing of the application and consultation where appropriate.

Under normal forestry practice, fertiliser, if necessary, is applied only once in a 40-year rotation, at planting stage. On some nutritionally poor sites it may be necessary to apply additional fertilizer at year 7 to 10 if growth is unsatisfactory and at this stage it may be applied aerially if manual application is not physically feasible.

The Minister of State urged all those involved in forestry to familiarise themselves with the Regulations and the revised requirements. Further information on the new Regulations can be obtained from the Forest Service.

Forest Service
Department of Agriculture and Food
Johnstown Castle Estate
Co. Wexford
Lo-call 1890 200 509

8 March 2007

Date Released: 08 March 2007