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McEntee launches ITGA 'Forestry & Timber Yearbook 2013'

Shane McEntee, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, today launched the ‘Forestry & Timber Yearbook 2013’, published by the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA).

Minister McEntee welcomed the publication of the yearbook as a valuable and important source of information, reference material and contacts within the forestry sector.  He also praised the Association’s efforts to expand the publication and its distribution in recent years. Noting his Department’s support towards the preparation of the yearbook, he said “I am pleased that the Forest Service of my Department has been able to support the production of the Yearbook again this year. The ITGA Yearbook is a highly regarded and professional publication. As well as providing comprehensive information on the industry, it is also a unique and up-to-date directory of contacts in the forestry sector”.

Minister McEntee also commented that the yearbook has complemented the work of his own Department over the years, by providing an independent source of information on forestry establishment and management and by highlighting threats to Irish forestry such as disease or fire.  He noted, in this context, that this year’s edition included articles on a wide range of topics including controlling ash dieback, forest establishment and the importance of timber security. In formally launching the ‘Forestry and Timber Yearbook 2013’, Minister McEntee said that he looked forward to working with the ITGA and the forestry industry generally, to continue to develop Ireland’s forestry sector into the future, adding that “the unchanged budgetary allocation for the forestry programme for 2013 is a positive step towards achieving that objective”.

Date Released: 20 December 2012