Written Answers. - Connacht Afforestation.

354.

asked the Minister for Fisheries and Forestry the acreage of land planted by his Department in each county in Connacht in the past ten years; and the acreage of land held by his Department in each county that has not yet been planted.

Following is the information requested:

AFFORESTATION IN CONNACHT

(Acres).

Galway

Leitrim

Mayo

Roscommon

Sligo

Total

1969-70

2,317

1,076

1,301

658

801

6,153

1970-71

2,219

1,094

1,487

765

793

6,358

1971-72

2,819

1,262

1,758

665

881

7,385

1972-73

2,418

1,005

2,027

543

726

6,719

1973-74

2,071

737

2,283

511

721

6,323

1975

2,146

633

2,226

644

828

6,477

1976

2,177

655

1,959

796

643

6,240

1977

2,218

362

2,519

540

645

6,284

1978

2,208

83

2,552

665

771

6,279

1979

2,185

270

3,318

503

465

6,741

1980

2,195

73

3,252

286

391

6,197

(Provisional)

Totals

24,973

7,260

24,682

6,576

7,665

71,156

Nominal current Plantable Reserve of Land

Galway

Leitrim

Mayo

Roscommon

Sligo

Total

10,275

1,961

20,728

1,540

1,408

35,912*

*Including lands which for various reasons (e.g. land subject to grazing and turbary rights etc.) are not immediately available for planting.