Forests and wood products, and their importance in climate change mitigation. A Series of COFORD Statements12 November 2021
Easy ways to reduce the emission of fine dust from existing stoves and boilers when burning firewood11 November 2021
Easy ways to reduce the emission of fine dust from existing stoves and boilers when burning firewood (pdf 4,051Kb)
Use of rapid moisture meters to estimate firewood moisture content (pdf 3,858Kb)
Review of worldwide standards for solid biofuels, revised April 2021 (pdf 4,051Kb)
Splitting firewood by hand (pdf 5,273Kb)
Model Contract Woodfuel 2021 (pdf 5,034Kb)
COFORD Council Working Groups Provide Suggested areas for Inclusion in DAFM Call for Research Proposals01 February 2021
A new COFORD publication, Sustainable Development and Conservation of Forest Genetic Resources 2020-2030, prepared by members of the COFORD Forest Genetic Resources Working Group, addresses key challenges, including climate change, and how forest genetic resources can be mobilised to increase the adaptive capacity of our forests. The strategy also includes recommendations on how to ensure the sustainable supply and use of seeds and other reproductive material, and steps required for the genetic conservation of tree species. The report outlines the roles of those agencies and organisations involved in forest genetic resources and the importance of coordination and implementation.
The common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is one of our most important native tree species. It is now under threat from Ash Dieback disease, caused by the invasive fungal pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. The disease is now fully established and has been identified in all counties in Ireland. Fortunately, a proportion of ash trees show natural tolerance to the disease and this tolerance is heritable. In this COFORD Connect Note, the Forest Genetic Resources Working Group of the COFORD Council provide background information on the disease, its impact in Ireland thus far, and a strategy for generating sources of tolerant ash seeds and plants, and for mobilising this material for field planting.
New COFORD Connect Note – Timber Grading
New COFORD Connect Note – Timber Sizes – Solid Timber for Structural Use
Minister Creed announces new research grant awards an investment of €20 million in agri-food research and innovation19 December 2019
Woodenergy.ie aims to promote the use of wood biomass from sustainably managed forests as a renewable, climate friendly energy source. It is a dedicated information service based on national and international R&D findings, standards and business practice.
Establishment of Working Groups
Open letter from Director Marc Palahí, of the European Forest Institute. Forestry combating climate change: an inconvenient truth?29 September 2017
Assessment and update of species and related trials on industrial cutaway peatlands with a view to afforestation.14 June 2017
Kevin Black, Gerry McNally, Michael Carey and Michael Keane.
We reviewed current recommendations for afforestation of industrial cutaway peatlands based on a re-assessment of the performance of species across a range of previously established experimental trials, demonstration areas and Bord Na Mona (BNM) land managed by Coillte since the mid 1980’s.
A new Wood Processing and Product Development COFORD Connect is available. An overview of roundwood harvest and forest products markets in the UNECE region in 2015-2017.
New Wood Technology Ireland Connect Notes
CLIMADAPT a web-based decision support system (DSS) based on Ecological Site Classification (ESC) developed specifically for Irish Forestry.
Updated information on LULUCF actions to limit or reduce emissions and maintain or increase removals from activities defined under Decision 529/2013/EU