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FORSEE : Indicateur évalué

Indicator 3.5: Forest Under Management Plans

Costs

Total Cost €4984

Shared Cost €4808

Marginal Cost €176

Total Cost/ha €0.14

These cost include:

Fieldwork
Survey
Site Description
Data Analysis
Data processing
Travel to the plots
Time travelling to the plots
Time finding & installing the plots
Prepare sampling plan
Purchase maps
Organise the data collection points
Computer & software

Results

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Table3.5a: Forest Ownership

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Table 3.5b: Forest under management plans (a subset from the FORSEE survey of forest owners when asked if they had a forest management plan for their woodland).

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(n = 35)

Remarks

The state forestry (Coillte Teo) accounts for 59% of forest ownership in the pilot zone. They have FSC (Forest stewardship council) certification and it can be therefore assumed that their forests are under management plans. The private sector accounts for 32% of forest ownership. In a subset survey of forests under management plans from the FORSEE survey completed on the forest owners it was found that only 9% of the forest owners had a forest management plan. There is a standardised forest management plan as part of the afforestation grant scheme which must be submitted for all sites greater than 10 hectares (>5 ha for all broadleaf sites) in order to receive the second installment of the afforestation grant. A template of this plan is in the forestry schemes manual (Anon, 2003). Of the 9% (or 3 forest owners) who had a forest management plan only one of these was independently sourced by the forest owner. The other two forest owners management plans were the Forest Service template in order to comply with the afforestation grant scheme. Duchas owned forests (Heritage Council) account for 3% of forest cover in the pilot zone and its forests are managed to develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation management and education, while facilitating sustainable recreational use (i.e. they are not exploited for commercial timber).

Problems and Improvements

Apart from forest certification schemes and larger sites in the afforestation grant scheme there is currently no requirement for private forest owners to have a forest management plan. This could be improved through greater awareness of the benefits of a forest management plan by the Forest Service through existing support services (organisations, co-ops, associations) to highlight the benefits of forward planning.

Remarks and Conclusions

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