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Launch of RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 2008

The RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 2008 were officially launched today in Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath.

These Awards represent a partnership between the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the RDS, who have been associated with forestry promotion since 1740, and are intended to promote standards of excellence in the production of native forests and trees. The RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 2008 consist of two categories - Farm Forestry and Bio-Diverse Forestry/Woodlands. The Awards recognise and reward forest owners who are employing the basic principles of sustainable forest management on their properties.

Welcoming the launch, Mr. Tony Killeen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for Forestry encouraged forest owners to enter their plantations into the competition as "this competition is an opportunity to have their hard work and commitment acknowledged and is also an opportunity for the sharing of their experiences and knowledge with their counterparts".

The launch of this year's Awards was held at Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath, home to the Columban Order in Ireland who won the 2007 Bio-Diverse Forests/Woodlands Award.

Further details on the RDS-Forest Service Forestry Awards may be obtained from the RDS.

Date Released: 10 July 2008