16 July 2021 Dublin Mountains Makeover

Cruagh: The Dublin Mountains Makeover continues

The Dublin Mountains Makeover continues with three felling operations due to take place in Cruagh Wood over the coming months as part of our R&R (Remove and Replant) and CCF (Continuous Cover Forestry) plans.

  1. R&R Cruagh lower: 2.5 hectares of spruce will be felled and replanted with native woodland
  2. R&R Cruagh main: 6 hectares of lodgepole pine and spruce will be felled and replanted with native woodland (in 3 small blocks, one of which is mostly dead and dying trees)
  3. CCF thinning Cruagh: 20 hectares CCF thinning to open the forest canopy and create conditions for future natural regeneration of the forest

Felling is due to commence in Cruagh lower block in July, while operations in the main Cruagh block will commence in September.  This winter, planting of a deciduous native woodland will take place in the R&R areas. A deer fence will be erected to protect the seedlings from browsing deer.

This work is part of the Dublin Mountains Makeover which will see an area of over 900 hectares across nine Coillte forests transitioning away from commercial forestry, to be managed for recreation, biodiversity and climate.

We thank you for your patience during this process. Please follow all signage while visiting the forest and please take care on the roads with timber lorries entering and exiting the forests.

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