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Minister of State Wallace launches Irish Timber Growers Association Yearbook

Mary Wallace T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, with responsibility for Forestry, today officially launched the 2008 Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) Forestry and Timber Yearbook at Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of State Wallace commented, "In any sector, effective communication and the distribution of relevant, up to date information is vital. The Forestry and Timber Yearbook is an important tool in this regard for everyone in the forestry sector" and added, "It is an invaluable reference book and its continued success through the years is evidence of the high regard within which it is held".

The Minister of State spoke briefly about the recent developments in the forestry sector, including the new Afforestation Programme and Forest Management measure approved by the EU Commission in late 2007. She also referred to the non-economic benefits of forestry, commenting "the National Climate Change Strategy sets out a clear role for forestry in mitigating climate change, not only in terms of carbon sequestration, but also in the role that the forest estate will play in providing green renewable wood energy".

Concluding, Minister of State Wallace added, "With the approval of our forestry programme by the EU up to 2013, timber prices at high levels and with the many new opportunities arising, there has never been a better time to become involved in this industry".

The Forestry and Timber Yearbook features articles and advice on subjects such as state support measures for forestry, woodland taxation and various forestry issues. It also includes a directory containing close to 200 organisations and companies in the forestry and tree growing industry.

1 February, 2008

Editors note:

The launch took place at Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath owned by the Columban Fathers. The estate boasts an award winning bio-diverse woodland. It received First Prize in that category at the RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 2007.

Date Released: 01 February 2008