Three organisations currently provide forestry education and skills training courses in Ireland. These courses are full time, and are aimed at preparing students for a career in the forestry sector.
11.5% of Ireland is under forest, supporting a vibrant and export-oriented forest products sector. The forest industry comprising, growing, harvesting and processing of forest products makes a significant and growing contribution to the Irish economy.
You have options available in Ireland to study forestry at all levels, for one to four years. Start by reading the information provided on the courses in Teagasc, UCD and WIT.
Seamus Dunne is responsible for managing the Forestry Inspectorate in the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Describe a typical day?
Yesterday wasn't a typical day but it was an interesting day and so instead of making amendments to my annual Business plan I got out in the field. We carry out a lot of training for private foresters so yesterday I assisted our ecologist in carrying out a training day on classifying land into different fertility categories depending on the species of plants present. The species have to be identified and then scored. For example if its heather it has a low score while if it's soft rush it has a higher score.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
I am responsible for managing the Forestry Inspectorate in the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. Together we focus a lot of our energies looking after private family forests in terms of providing grant aid for those wishing to plant forests, put roads in to forests or develop amenity schemes in Woodlands. We also carry out a National Forest Inventory every 5 years and work on preventing exotic insects and diseases from entering the country. We do lots of other policy and EU stuff also.
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