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Forestry Sector

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 16 November 2021

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Ceisteanna (662)

Richard Boyd Barrett


662. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1255 of 2 November 2021, if his attention has been drawn to clear fell sites which have not fulfilled their replanting obligation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55471/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

As I previously mentioned, every tree felling licence, save limited exceptions carries an obligation to replant. Forests that are clear felled on maturity are managed as a crop, therefore, it is in the forest owner’s interest to replant after felling, to start a new rotation.

My Department carries out post-felling inspections. Provisions within the Forestry Act 2014 apply to non-compliance with the requirement to replant and can include for instance the issuance of a replanting order.

At all times, reports from the public indicating where trees have not been replanted – within the replanting timeframe, are welcomed and will be followed up directly by my Department.