Factsheet: Forestry Programme 2014-2020

Forestry Programme 2014-2020

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This document represents Ireland’s proposals for 100% State aid funding for a new Forestry Programme for the period 2014 – 2020. the following measures are being proposed: i) Afforestation and Creation of Woodland: Support for establishment and 15 premium payments for the creation of new forests. This measure includes afforestation, agro-forestry, forestry for fibre, and native woodland establishment (the latter focused on important native woodland types and opportunities for habitat linkage, and on environmentally sensitive areas, with a view to realising wider eco-system services such as water protection). ii) NeighbourWood Scheme: Provides support for the development of attractive 'close-to-home' woodland amenities for public access, use and enjoyment. This measure is aimed primarily at local authorities. iii) Forest Roads: Support for the construction of forest roads is provided under this measure. iv) Reconstitution Scheme: Support for forest holder to restore and retain forests following significant damage by natural causes. v) Woodland Improvement Scheme: This scheme provides support for forest management operations for broadleaf woodlands and actions within existing forests, which effect structural changes aimed at protecting and enhancing water quality and other environmental sensitivities. vi) Native Woodland Conservation Scheme: Supports the protection and enhancement of existing native woodlands and where appropriate, the conversion of conifers forest to native woodlands. This measure is focused on important native woodland types and opportunities for habitat linkage, and on environmentally sensitive areas, with a view to realising wider eco-system services such as water protection. vii) Knowledge Transfer and Information Actions: Supports the setting up of knowledge transfer groups, continuous professional development, and training. viii) Producer Groups: Support is provided under this measure to help forest holders to work together to create a critical mass for forestry operations and mobilising timber; ix) Innovative Forest Technology: Support for early adopters of new technology, e.g. variable tyre systems, inventory equipment. x) Forest Genetic Reproductive Material: Annual payment towards the cost of managing and conserving registered seed stands and establishing seed orchards. xi) Forest Management Plans: Support for forest holders to prepare management plans for their forest holdings.
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