Close to Nature Forest Management – the ProSilva approach
7pm, 6th November, J.W. Sweetman’s Pub, Burgh Quay Dublin 2
This talk will be given by Faith Wilson who is a practising ecologist and a committee member of ProSilva Ireland. ProSilva Ireland is an All Ireland organisation, which aims to develop and promote the ProSilva Principles in Irish forestry which, through a diversification of age and species structures allow for the full development of the forests ecological role and the simultaneous economic production of high quality forest products. ProSilva Ireland promotes knowledge and practical examples of continuous cover forestry management in woodlands across Ireland through field days and study trips to the continent. Continuous cover forestry management is a forest management system where forest managers and owners work hand in hand with the natural processes and dynamics that occur in forests to the benefit of the forest owner, the environment and society in general. ProSilva members believe that forests provide four categories of benefit to society. These are:
- production of timber and other products
- protection of soil and climate
- maintenance of ecosystems
- recreation, amenity, and cultural aspects
Over the last century, Ireland has developed a forest industry based principally around plantation forests. These forests have been grown as agricultural crops on a rotation system (typically forty years followed by clearfell and replanting). The ProSilva approach is to find ways of transforming these plantation forests to permanent forests of mixed species and age classes.