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Killeen Welcomes 'Project Forest', an Educational Initiative

Mr. Tony Killeen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for forestry, today officially launched 'Project Forest', an educational initiative for Transition Year students, developed by the Tree Council of Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of the project in St. Patrick's Comprehensive School in Shannon, the Minister of State complimented the Tree Council of Ireland for its development, with funding from the Forest Service of his Department, of the web-based educational resource, as it will give "an insight into the importance and value of forestry to our environment, society and economy".

The objectives of 'Project Forest' are to create an understanding of the nature of woods and forests and an awareness of the role of forests in man's existence, to encourage a sense of ownership of the forest environment nationally and locally and an appreciation of wood as a material.

Commenting that Project Forest provides "an opportunity to delve into this whole area of trees - from the biology of the tree right through to the cultural aspect of trees", he encouraged the students to "avail of this opportunity to acquire information on trees - as I believe it will stand to you in the years ahead - from choosing the most appropriate timber for a particular use to understanding the way trees fit into, and the part they play in the ecosystem".

It is intended that 'Project Forest', which is accessible at www.projectforest.ie, will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Date Released: 05 October 2009