Coillte's Business Area Units (BAU's) and Forest Management Plans
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 unit (BAU) and forest planning process. 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.
Change to Coillte’s operating structure
Coillte’s operating structure of 13 Districts changed in late 2012, to 8 business area units(BAU). Resulting from this change, Coillte have now completed the reconfiguration of our District Strategic Plans (DSPs) 2011-2015 to reflect these 8 new business area units. However, there will be no changes to the forest management plan boundaries within these areas. Coillte have considered and responded to consultation submissions received from stakeholders and the public in general following a 5 week public consultation process on the reconfigured plans. In some cases we have incorporated changes to our plans as a result of these consultation submissions. This consultation process took place during late February, and March 2013.
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 individuals 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.
In addition, some of Coillte's properties are suitable for the development of telecommunications facilities, such as masts. 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.