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Upcoming April 28th 2012 Open Forest day in South Leitrim

forest Ireland: photo by Cathy Fitzgerald 2011

Details for the April ProSilva Ireland Open Forest Day are as follows:

Date: April 28, from 11am-4pm – all welcome.

Venue:  David and Mary Legge’s property, near Keshcarrigan, Co. Leitrim

Meeting:  Meeting time and location will be circulated closer to the event time. Please bring your own packed lunch and wet weather clothing and boots.

A €20 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the visiting European ProSilva foresters.

What will be covered on the day:

David, Mary and family have a range of forestry plantations all of which are being transformed to Close-to-nature continuous cover forestry.  In the morning we will be visiting a high Yield Class stand of Sitka spruce planted in 1990 which to date has received 2 transformation thinnings using the Graduated Density System defined by Talis Kalnars.  We will be discussing the next steps as the 3rd thinning is imminent.  We will also visit a small mixed hardwood stand and another poor quality mixture of Ash and Noble fir.

In the afternoon we will visit more broadleaved stands, including a very interesting 4 acre stand of alder and established solely by natural regeneration and a stand of birch established in 2002.  We will be discussing the need for early intervention in these stands.

We will be joined on the day by Marc Etienne from ProSilva France and by another ProSilva expert from Europe, to be confirmed.

This will be a fantastic insight into the management of the transformation of recently established plantation forestry into permanent forests.

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Message to members:

The 2012 members subscription of €40 is now due. €10 for students/unwaged.  Please send this to Pro Silva Ireland, Membership Secretary, 36 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2.

Interested in joining ProSilva Ireland, please see our joining information here

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Out autumn open forest day is set for 6 Oct 2012 in or near Northern Ireland and our overseas trip for members will be in early Sept to the South of England. Details of these events will be in subsequent posts.

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