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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2015 15/C/666 NUIG €194,543

Project Title:

Exploitation And Realisation of Thinnings from Hardwoods

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Annette Harte

Project Abstract

This project aims to support the development of the forest-based sector in Ireland by developing knowledge on the wood quality Irish hardwood thinnings and identifying possible end-use applications. This will be achieved by undertaking a study to quantify the available dimensions from first and second thinnings. The physical and structural properties of the material will be determined through experimental testing. Based on the information arising out of these investigations, potential end-uses of the material will be identified:  in roundwood form, as engineered wood products, or as wood energy products.  This project will endeavour to increase the financial returns to forest owners by focusing on the potential value that exists within their forests. Increased take-up of thinnings will also generate employment in rural areas and will contribute to rural development. Identification of new products from hardwood thinnings will lead to job creation opportunities.

Final Report:

Not available yet.