Dáil Éireann - Volume 627 - 14 November, 2006

Written Answers. - Environmental Policy.

Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to suggestions that forest brash should be removed from sensitive sites where the nutrients may be causing damage to the ecosystem; his views on whether this would be feasible or if there are difficulties in operating such a policy. [37411/06]

  Mr. Roche: I am aware of concerns regarding the possibility that nutrient release from forest brash may be harmful to certain ecosystems. Brash management has been discussed by a Steering Group chaired by the Forestry Service of the Department of Agriculture and Food that is currently drawing up a consultation document on requirements for forest management in freshwater pearl mussel catchments.