Our forest plans and your role in helping us

 

We have to make many decisions about the detailed forestry operations in each of our forests. In doing so however, we welcome local involvement because we know consultation enhances our understanding of how our decisions impact on all forest users and also helps to create a positive working environment for our staff and contractors.

The Business Area Unit (BAU) strategic plans, which are reviewed every five years, set out a vision for the forests in each BAU and also outlines how Coillte policies and objectives will be implemented within them. These plans, which currently run from 2016-2020, were produced with input from stakeholders following a public consultation process and cover our forest estate which is divided into 321 different forests. A summary of the concerns raised by stakeholders and Coillte's response to these concerns can be viewed here:  Summary of Public Consultation process

Picture of Tree planting in Coillte's Forests

In 2016, these forests were divided into 8 BAUs. Arising from organizational restructuring of Coillte Forest in September 2017, the number of BAUs was reduced to six. We have now taken the opportunity to realign these plans to reflect the new organizational structure. Please see link below on this page to each of the six BAU Strategic Plans.

Coillte will on occasion have to make adjustments or amendments to its felling plans as outlined in the BAU strategic plan.  Changes to the plan may arise for many reasons such as silvicultural, landscape design, restructuring, market conditions, forest disease and even windblow.  Stakeholders are notified of these proposed changes and are consulted in line with Coillte’ s consultation policy

Picture of timber logs stacked
Machine stacking Coillte timber in County Laois

Sustainability is the key principle on which all our plans are based which requires meeting four closely related objectives:

  • Wise use of natural and cultural resources
  • Effective protection of the environment
  • Sustainable supply of forest products (wood and non-wood)
  • Working with communities

Coillte felling plans using Coillte’s Web Map

Coillte’s interactive web map viewer displays areas where proposed felling activity is scheduled to take place during 2016 – 2020, as outlined in its plans.  Stakeholders should consult the user guide for the Web Map which will assist you with its use, see user guide.

During 2018, Coillte made some changes to percentage areas for tree felling from what we originally published in 2015.  You can view Coillte forest properties felling changes (PDF) to see where those changes are.

In Coillte’s Map Viewer, stakeholders can send a snapshot of their area of interest, submit comments and suggestions on harvest blocks via an e-mail to Coillte’s team. The Coillte team if required will engage in further discussion and give more details about the felling activity for that particular area in the snapshot. Coillte will then incorporate feedback, make changes if appropriate to Coillte’s plans and inform stakeholders.

Coillte's BAU plans will be reviewed again in 5 years in 2020, and you can download a copy of each BAU strategic plan at the links below.

If you require additional information, or want to arrange a consultation about any of our forest plans, please email us at info@coillte.ie

The BAU Strategic Plans below have been updated to reflect our recent change from eight to six BAUs.  Please see links below for each new BAU Strategic Plan.

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