February 12, 2015
SIMWOOD Week held in Edinburgh
SIMWOOD (Sustainable Innovation Mobilisation of Wood) week was held in Edinburgh last week. the event was attended by Daragh Little, MD of FEL and Chairman of the Irish Forests and Forests Products Association (IFFPA). SIMWOOD is made up of 28 partners from 11 European countries. This project is designed to sustainably increase wood production across Europe where there is a problem with under harvesting at present. The theme of the week was to update members on the progress of the overall project and evaluate pilot projects from members of the consortium.
Pilot projects are projects designed to test new ways of mobilising timber from forests. UCD, FEL and Irish Wood Producers Ltd based in the South East are collaborating to carry out this research in Ireland. As part of their research project, FEL propose to increase wood production by harvesting branches and tops in first thinning and using them for bioenergy. The increase in volume production will also increase revenue for the forest owner thereby encouraging the forest owner to thin as the operation is more profitable. FEL’s project will be getting underway in the next couple of weeks and will be evaluated between now and the end of the project to see if it has worked in mobilising more timber.
We will provide updates of this project as the research is carried out. For more information on SIMWOOD or timber harvesting please contact FEL on 1800 719 399 or email email@example.com