Coillte's Business Area Units (BAU's)
Coillte's role in managing forests in Ireland - and your role in helping us
As the key holder to these forests and as a commercial forestry and forest products company, Coillte has to make the final decision as to the detailed operation of each of our forest sites. We manage the forest estate according to Responsible Forest Management (RFM) principles, as we seek to balance the Social, Economic and Environmental aspects of our business. In doing so, we wish to ensure local participation in the business area units (BAU) and the forests within those BAU’s. It enhances our understanding of how our decisions impact on all forest users and on our neighbours and also helps create a positive working environment for our staff and contractors.
Every five years, a review of our BAU strategic plans is carried out. A summary is produced as part of the review of the BAU strategic plans, that reflects the areas for clearfelling and thinning in the BAU. This is spatially represented and available for public consultation through a web map application. If concerns are raised about particular areas they will be addressed at this time. Coillte will on occasion have to make adjustments or amendments to our felling plans for reasons such as silvicultural, landscape design, restructuring, market conditions, forest disease and windblow. These changes will be consulted on, in line with Coillte’s consultation policy.
Coillte carried out a review of its plans during 2015 and produced new draft BAU plans with assistance from the public. Coillte’s consultation process around the review of it’s plans included the following:
- posting information about its consultation process on the Coillte website, and inviting submissions by email and post;
- extensive media campaign, placing adverts in national and regional newspapers;
- issuing mailshots to stakeholders registered with Coillte
- advising stakeholders that they could request meetings with local representatives if required to facilitate feedback;
- submissions raised during this consultation process were considered and where possible fed into the planning process at review time.
A summary document about this consultation process during 2015 can also be viewed here: Summary of Public Consultation process on review of BAU strategic plans during 2015
Other land use purposes
In addition to our forestry activity, Coillte sells, leases or develops land, for other purposes, as part of its strategic approach to managing 7% of the land of Ireland. These activities represent a key part of Coillte's business and deliver benefit to individual and communities at local and national levels. Most sales are made in response to local demand and typically comprise house sites, isolated dwelling houses, sections of recently acquired farms, small outlying forest properties and gravel pits.
Coillte also seeks to undertake property development projects, including community developments, tourism development, industrial development, and residential development. The consultation process appropriate to each of these projects is defined on a case by case basis in accordance with our consultation policy.
Coillte also owns a substantial amount of land, particularly upland sites, that is suitable for the generation of wind energy. Whilst the process of finalising the precise location of such sites will be ongoing for a number of years, any development, sale or lease