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Minister of State Killeen opens Forestry Conference on Site Classification

Mr. Tony Killeen, T.D, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for forestry today opened a conference on 'The Role of Site Classification in Forest Productivity and Management'. The Conference, which was organised jointly by COFORD and Teagasc, was held in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Referring to the investment by the State and landowners in forestry, Minister of State Killeen commented, "Making sure that the new forests we are planting in Ireland are well adapted to the sites on which they are established is fundamental to ensuring that all of this investment is good value for money". He complimented both bodies on the organisation of a comprehensive programme for the conference, which included presentations by a number of eminent scientists in the area of site classification in Ireland and abroad. The Minister of State added, "This conference today will provide an insight not only into how site factors impact on forests, but also the ways that forest research, funded at the national level by my Department through COFORD, and carried out by UCD, Teagasc and Coillte, is coming up with practical solutions to address these issues on the ground".

Minister of State Killeen commented that he looked forward to meeting and working with all of the stakeholders in the forestry sector and concluded by acknowledging the contribution of his predecessor, Ms. Mary Wallace TD, and wished her well with her new portfolio.

Date Released: 04 June 2008