Ireland’s forestry and timber sector, as well as employment in this area, are set to grow significantly according to Forestry 2030
, a series of papers published by the Council for Forest Research & Development (COFORD). The sector has a vibrant forest products industry with state-of-the-art boardmills and sawmills exporting a high proportion of product output. Forestry 2030 also found that 90 per cent of the output from Ireland’s panelboard sector is exported, along with 60 per cent of sawn timber production. Wood from Irish forests forecast to come to market is set to increase from 2.84 million cubic metres in 2012 to 6.95 million cubic metres in 2028. With economic output from the wider forest and timber industry currently calculated at approximately €2.3 billion, the sector is poised to contribute significantly to Ireland’s economy. “The forestry sector has the potential to make a major contribution to our rural economy in both planting new forests and also in harvesting this growing wood resource,” according to Donal Whelan, Technical Director of the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA), who collated the papers for COFORD, with industry experts.