Dáil Éireann - Volume 615 - 01 March, 2006

Written Answers. - Forestry Sector.

  168. Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of hectares of hardwoods which were harvested and sold by Coillte in the past five years. [8473/06]

  169. Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of hectares of hardwoods which were planted by Coillte in the past five years; the areas in which they were planted; and the native trees which were sown. [8474/06]

  Mary Coughlan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 and 169 together.

The number of hectares of hardwoods which were harvested and sold by Coillte in the past five years are outlined in the table below.

Year

Number of Hectares

2001

7

2002

5.7

2003

0

2004

2.1

2005

1.2

Coillte’s policy towards the management of broad-leaved trees is to prolong the rotation to a maximum through planned thinning and understorey regeneration.

In the same period, Coillte has planted over 3,000 hectares of broad-leaved trees. The details are outlined in the following table.

[1831] Broadleaf Planting by Coillte Teoranta District (hectares)

Area

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Wicklow-Dublin

65

76

136

75

26

Wexford

184

73

34

66

120

Laois-Offaly-Kildare

66

29

63

54

53

Waterford-South Tipperary

86

94

68

86

68

Limerick-North Tipperary

27

28

35

46

69

Cork

58

69

39

77

77

West Cork-South Kerry

11

28

19

27

23

Donegal

0

0

2

19

0

Sligo-Leitrim

16

0

4

19

17

North Leinster

58

7

53

72

24

Clare

82

83

35

63

65

East Galway-Roscommon

24

26

31

66

20

Mayo-Connemara

58

46

35

90

64

Total

735

559

554

760

626

The native trees sown in the period were predominantly ash, oak, alder, birch and rowan. Minor quantities of hazel, scots pine, maple, whitethorn and wild cherry were also used. Other broadleaves such as beech and sycamore were also sown.