Coillte's Business Area Units (BAU's) and Forests
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 map is produced as part of the review of the BAU strategic plans, that reflects the areas for clearfelling in the BAU. This map will form the basis of 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 Coilltes consultation policy.
Coillte’s current BAU strategic and forest management plans expire at the end of 2015. Coillte will be consulting over the coming months to bring together our new plans for its 8 BAU’s and forests. Our consultation process will include the following:
- placing adverts in national and regional newspapers;
- posting information about the updates of these documents and consultation opportunities for stakeholders on our website;
- issuing mailshots to stakeholders registered with Coillte
- arranging one to one meetings with stakeholders on request with our local representatives to facilitate feedback
- comments / views raised during this consultation process are considered and where possible fed into the planning process at review time.
In the past stakeholders highlighted key consultation topics and to view Coillte’s response to those topics please view a summary of stakeholder consultation comments and our response
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 inpiduals 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 arrangement arising will be subject to the consultation procedures consistent with our consultation policy.