Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (376)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

376. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if Toon Wood, Macroom, County Cork will be designated as a natural heritage area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26553/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I refer to the reply to Question No. 422 of 30 July 2020. 

The role for the National Parks and Wildlife Service in this matter is to continue to provide expert support to the EPA and the Forest Service in delivering their statutory functions in relation to woodlands, and to consider Toon Wood as an NHA to protect the remaining woodland and woodland areas on the site that can be recovered in the future. 

It is intended to review the adequacy of the coverage of the woodland pNHA network, and takes steps,  as necessary,  to ensure that ecologically important woodlands are legally protected.