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COFORD Publications (arranged in alphabetic order according to title)

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  2023 Wood Supply and Demand on the Island of Ireland to 2030 Wood Supply and Demand on the Island of Ireland to 2030 (pdf 9,657Kb) 
  2022 A Study on Private Forest Certification in Ireland A Study on Private Forest Certification in Ireland (pdf 8,395Kb) 
  2022 The estimated employment and economic activity associated with the forestry sector The estimated employment and economic activity associated with the forestry sector (pdf 9,499Kb) 

Forests and wood products, and their importance in climate change mitigation. A Series of COFORD Statements

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All Ireland Roundwood Production Forecast 2021-2040- Methodology

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  2021 All Ireland Roundwood Production Forecast 2021-2040 Download PDF (pdf 20,416Kb)    
  2020 Sustainable Development and Conservation of Forest Genetic Resources 2020-2030 Download PDF (pdf 4,959Kb)       
  2019 Forest Fungi - Final Report Download PDF (pdf 1,664Kb)         
  2018 COFORD Forest Policy Review Group Report on ‘Forests, products and people - Ireland’s forest policy – a renewed vision’ (2014). A Report on Policy Implementation with Recommendations Download PDF (pdf 2,277Kb)          
  2018 COFORD Forest Land Availability Implementation Group Report  Download PDF (pdf 939Kb)          
  2018 Wood Supply and Demand on the Island of Ireland to 2025  Download PDF (pdf 1,540Kb)          
  2018 Mobilising Irelands Forest Resource - Meeting the Challenges  Download PDF (pdf 1,462Kb)          
  2018 Longer Term Forest Research. Proposed structures for meeting the needs and opportunities of Ireland’s forest sector through longer term research and innovation Download PDF (pdf 1,072Kb)          
  2018 Species Mixtures in Irish Forests Download PDF (pdf 2,998Kb)          
  2017 Growing the Irish Forest Bioeconomy. COFORD Council Bioeconomy Working Group.  Download PDF (pdf 3,482Kb)         
  2017 Timber in Multi-storey Construction. Annette M. Harte, Bill Robinson, Andrew Macilwraith and Malcolm Jacob    Download PDF (pdf 1,024Kb)          
  2017 Heat-treatment of Sitka spruce, Japanese larch and lodgepole pine panelling. Colin Birkinshaw, Seamus Dolan, Seamus Heaney and Eugene Hendrick  Download PDF (pdf 3,398Kb)          
  2017 Assessment and update of species and related trials on industrial cutaway peatlands with a view to afforestation Kevin Black, Gerry McNally, Michael Carey and Michael Keane Download PDF (pdf 3,402Kb)         
   2013 FORECON The Final Report - An Economic Evaluation of the Market and Non-Market Functions of Forestry Áine Ní Dhubháin, Craig Bullock, Richard Moloney and Vincent Upton Download PDF (pdf 1,307Kb)         
  2012 Report on COFORD funded Hen Harrier project Sandra Irwin, Mark Wilson, Barry O’Donoghue, Barry O’Mahony,
Tom Kelly & John O’Halloran, of UCC
Download PDF (pdf 899Kb)         
  2011 Harvesting wood for energy - Cost-effective woodfuel supply chains in Irish forestry  Pieter Kofman, Tom Kent and Enda Coates Download PDF (pdf 3,224Kb)           


A comparison of the mechanical and physical wood properties of a range of Sitka spruce provenances Mary Treacy, Jos Evertson and Áine Ní Dhubháin Download pdf (pdf 206Kb)          
   2004 A guide to forest tree species selection and silviculture in Ireland Ted Horgan, Michael Keane, Richard McCarthy, Michael Lally and David Thompson. Edited by Joe O'Carroll Download pdf (pdf 16,168Kb)         
   2010 An evaluation of continuous cover forestry in Ireland Áine Ní Dhubháin Download pdf (pdf 2,084Kb)         
   2006 A review of forest recreation research needs in Ireland Michael Cregan and William Murphy Download pdf (pdf 7,935Kb)         
   2005 A review of legislation that impacts on Irish forestry Barbara Maguire Download pdf (pdf 625Kb)          
   2010 A review of past and current research on short rotation coppice in Ireland and abroad
Jane Wickham, Bernard Rice, John Finnan and Rory McConnon
 Download pdf (pdf 3,685Kb)         
   2001 A review of relevant studies concerning farm forestry trends and farmers' attitudes to forestry
Brendan Kearney
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   2001 A review of small-scale harvesting systems in use worldwide and their potential application in Irish forestry Fionan Russell and Donal Mortimer  Download pdf (pdf 859Kb)         
   1999 Ash and sycamore - A review of aspects relevant to Irish forestry
Pierre Bingelli and Brian S. Rushton

Brackloon - the story of an Irish oak wood Deirdre Cunningham

 Download pdf (pdf 6,016Kb)         
   2001 Carbon credits in Ireland: Issues and potentials Conor P. Barry, J. Peter Clinch and Frank J. Convery  Download pdf (pdf 266Kb)         
   2006 Carbon sequestration and Irish forest ecosystems Kevin G Black and Edward P Farrell  Download pdf (pdf 841Kb)         
   1999 Carbon sequestration and Irish forests  Download pdf (pdf 138Kb)         
   2001 Carbon sequestration: Policy, science and economics Editors: Eugene Hendrick and Miriam Ryan

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Christmas tree growing in Ireland. A sectoral report outlining the opportunities and problems Conor O'Reilly, David Hasslacher, William Murphy, Eugene Hendrick, Declan Ward, John Sheridan, Denis Kelleher, John Gardiner

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   2008 COFORD Annual Report / Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2008
COFORD ANNUAL REPORT 2008 (pdf 5,850Kb)         
   2000 Computer software requirements in forest management Nik Hennessy and Damian Lawlor
 Download pdf (pdf 130Kb)         
   2008 Developing a forest resource on industrial cutaway peatland. The BOGFOR programme. Florence Renou-Wilson, Michael Keane, Gerry McNally, John O'Sullivan, Edward P. Farrell  Download pdf (pdf 4,001Kb)         
   1999 Economics of Irish forestry
J. Peter Clinch
   2007 Engineered wood products in Ireland Editor: Bill Robinson  Download pdf (pdf 1,749Kb)         
   2002 Factors influencing farmer participation in forestry Pat Collier, Jim Dorgan and Paul Bell  Download pdf (pdf 235Kb)         
   2001 Forecast of roundwood production from the forests of Ireland 2001-2015  Gerhardt Gallagher and Joe O'Carroll  Download pdf (pdf 114Kb)         
   2008 Forest fungi in Ireland Paul Dowding and Louis Smith  
    Forest drainage engineering - A design manual  John Mulqueen, Michael Rodgers, Eugene Hendrick, Michael Keane, Richard McCarthy  Download pdf (pdf 1,434Kb)         
   2002 Forest mammals - management and control Seán Rooney and Thomas J. Hayden Download pdf (pdf 13,051Kb)         
   2003 Forest regulation - A threat to production forestry? Editor: Eugene Hendrick  Download pdf (pdf 1,094Kb)         

Forest Research and Development in Ireland 2004 - Underpinning industry development Editor: Eugene Hendrick

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   2001 Forest residues: Harvesting, storage and fuel value   Seamus Hoyne and Adrian Thomas  
   2004 Forest road manual. Guidelines for the design, construction and management of forest roads Tom Ryan, Henry Phillips, James Ramsay and John Dempsey  Download pdf (pdf 4,057Kb)         
   2002 Forestry and bird diversity in Ireland: a management and planning guide J.O'Halloran, P.M. Walsh, P.S. Giller and T.C. Kelly  Download pdf (pdf 534Kb)         
   2004 Forestry in Ireland - A concise history
Niall OCarroll
   2002 Forests and water: Proceedings of seminar
Editors: Eugene Hendrick and Lauren MacLennan
 Download pdf (pdf 1,898Kb)         
   2008 Forests, carbon and climate change - Local and international perspectives Editors: Eugene Hendrick and Kevin G. Black  Download pdf (pdf 2,754Kb)         
   1998 Growing broadleaves
P.M. Joyce, J. Huss, R. McCarthy, A. Pfeifer and E. Hendrick
   2004 Guide to Irish hardwoods Gordon Knaggs and Stella Xenopoulou  Download pdf (pdf 2,540Kb)         
   2006 Handbook on structural timber design to Eurocode 5 (IS EN 1995-1-1) rules  James Harrington, Malcolm Jacob and Colin Short  Download pdf (pdf 185Kb)         
   2007 Harvesting and processing forest biomass for energy production in Ireland - The ForestEnergy 2006 programme Pieter D. Kofman and Tom Kent  Download pdf (pdf 2,175Kb)         
   2009 If trees could talk. Wicklow's trees and woodlands over four centuries Michael Carey  
   1997 Japanese forestry and harvesting techniques  Myles Mac Donncadha  Download pdf (pdf 4,179Kb)         
   1998 Management requirements for farm woodlands  Sarah Wall and Áine Ní Dhubháin Download pdf (pdf 2,508Kb)         
   2003 Managing our broadleaf resource to produce quality hardwood timber Editors: John Fennessy and Lauren MacLennan Download pdf (pdf 662Kb)         
   2002 Managing the impacts of forest clearfelling on stream environments Paul Giller, Meike Johnson and John O'Halloran Download pdf (pdf 2,870Kb)          
   2004 Market review and technical performance of Irish hardwoods Stella Xenopoulou Download pdf (pdf 1,008Kb)         
   2004 Markets for non-wood forest products Pat Collier, Ian Short and James Dorgan Download pdf (pdf 691Kb)          
   2007 Mulch mats - their potential in establishing forest and other tree crops Nick Mc Carthy, Claire Mc Carthy and Milo O Rathaille Download pdf (pdf 3,393Kb)          
   2004 Opportunities for biodiversity enhancement in plantation forests Editor: Lauren MacLennan  Download pdf (pdf 3,664Kb)         
   2006 Plant quality - a key to success in forest establishment  Editors: Lauren MacLennan and John Fennessy  Download pdf (pdf 960Kb)         
   2000 Quantification of the yields of Irish grown Sitka spruce in the new CEN strength classes Valez Picardo Download pdf (pdf 169Kb)         
   2009 Roundwood production from private sector forests 2009-2028. A geospatial forecast Henry Phillips, John Redmond, Máirtín Mac Siúrtáin and Anita Nemesova  Download pdf (pdf 906Kb)         
   2005 Rural Ireland 2025 - Foresight Perspectives

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   2006 Small-scale forestry and rural development - The intersection of ecosystems, economics and society Editor: Sarah Wall  Download conference papers
   2002 Sitka spruce in Ireland Padraic M. Joyce and Niall OCarroll  
   2000 Soil and site indicators for the production of high quality ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) C. M. Kilbride  Download pdf (pdf 509Kb)         
   1999 Strategies for improvement of forest trees
G. C. Douglas
   2007 Sustaining and developing Ireland's forest genetic resources - an outline strategy Gerard Cahalane, Pat Doody, Gerry Douglas, John Fennessy, Conor O'Reilly, Alistair Pfeifer  Download pdf (pdf 1,563Kb)         
   2007 The environmental impact of planting broadleaved trees on acid-sensitive soils Marcus Collier and Edward P. Farrell Download pdf (pdf 667Kb)         

The improvement of Irish birch Niamh O'Dowd

 Download pdf (pdf 853Kb)         
   2007 The Irish squirrel survey 2007 Michael Carey, Geoff Hamilton, Alan Poole, Colin Lawton  Download pdf (pdf 4,120Kb)         
   2006 The socio-economic contribution of forestry in Ireland Áine Ní Dhubháin, Marie-Christine Fléchard, Richard Moloney, Deirdre O'Connor and Tim Crowley  Download pdf (pdf 290Kb)         
   2000 Timber measurement manual Patrick Purser Download pdf (pdf 1,422Kb)          
   2005 Trees, forests and the law in Ireland
Damian McHugh and Gerhardt Gallagher
   2001 Vegetative propagation techniques for oak, ash, sycamore and spruce David Thompson, Fiona Harrington, Gerry Douglas, Michael J. Hennerty, Nasrin Nakhshab and Roger Long Download pdf (pdf 340Kb)          
   2005 Wood biomass: Wood for energy production (Irish edition) Helle Serup Download pdf (pdf 1,055Kb)         


Species Mixtures in Irish Forests