Has your forest been affected by the storms?

February 17, 2014

Has your forest been affected by the storms?

The storm on Wednesday 12th February was amongst the worst to hit Ireland since records began with wind speeds up to 170 Kmph. Winds of these speeds will cause severe damage to forests.  The storm was worst in in the south of Ireland and the damage has been made all the worst for the heavy rain and constant storms the country has experienced since December.

Damage caused by wind is called Wind-blow. Early reports suggest that wind-blow damage has occurred in recently thinned plantations and plantations older than 15 years.

What should you do if your forest has been affected by wind-blow?

If you own a forest that has been thinned or is older than 15 years, you should do the following:

  • contact your local FEL forester for advice and a free site visit.  Freephone 1800 719 399.
  • We will carry out an assessment of the damage and provide advice as to what to do next.
  • If your forest is insured against wind blow FEL can assist you with your claim.
  • We will advise you of the best plan to minimise cost, maximise timber revenue and plan to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
  • We will liaise with the Forest Service to apply for and get a felling licence in as short a time as possible.
  • We will tender the timber for sale, agree contracts with buyers and oversee the extraction of timber from the site.
  • When the timber is harvested, we will oversee the replanting of the site with suitable species.  We will help you maintain your new plantation to the highest standard.

We undersand the pain many forest owners are going through.  Daragh Little, Managing Director of FEL, commenting on the damage said “My own forest was destroyed in the storm.  I understand the pain and financial loss forest owners are going through.  However, it is not all lost.  The blown timber has substantial value and can be recovered.  I intend to get back up and running as quickly as possible as demand fortimber is high and prices good.  I will replant with improved planting stock that will give me better quality timber sooner.”

We are anxious that forest owners do not take unnecessary risks.  Here are some dos and don’ts

  • Do not enter your forest as it can still be unstable.  Leave this to the experts.
  • Do not attempt to clear paths through the fallen timber.  This should be done by a trained chainsaw operator.
  • Do not do nothing, your timber will start to degrade in the coming months.
  • Do call us for a site inspection
  • If you do not live near our forest call us/ email info@nullfel.ie and give us the townland and map for your forest.  Our forester will visit the plantation and give you a preliminary assessment.

FEL are Ireland’s leading forestry company specialising in all aspects of forestry including planting, harvesting, management and investment. If your forest has been affected by recent storms Freephone 1800 719 399 or visit www.fel.ie

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