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1 Forestry professionals’ knowledge of and attitudes towards the practice of continuous cover forestry (CCF) Lucie Vítková University College Dublin, School of Agriculture & Food Science, Forestry Department, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

2 Irish forests Photo: Dr Brian Tobin

3 Why focusing on attitudes? C CF represents an unfamiliar and novel approach to forest management I mplementation of new management is influenced by: –A–A ttitudes –K–K nowledge –V–V alues A ttitudes of forestry professionals -> Limited

4 Methods On-line survey – General information on CCF – Statements framed in the context of issues regarding CCF – Demographic questions – Additional comments Participants – Coillte Teo. – Teagasc – Forest Service – Association of Irish Forestry Consultants – Other forest management companies in Ireland

5 Use of CCF 32% actively use CCF – forest managers 24% do not use CCF – forest managers 34% do not use CCF – forestry consultants/advisors 10% did not mention

6 Understanding of CCF – all participants 98% familiar with continuous cover forestry Silvicultural systems associated with CCF – Shelterwood systems (26%) – Selection systems (22%) – Not mentioned (27%) – natural regeneration, thinning, long-term retention, low impact silviculture, etc.

7 CCF users (32% respondents) Reasons for CCF use: – Economic benefit – Broadleaved species – Amenity and recreation – Certification Extent of CCF use - limited – Area managed under CCF <10% – CCF applied for <10 years

8 CCF non-users (24% respondents) Over 1/3 not planning to use CCF in the future ‘... not convinced of CCF, especially with regards to economics...’ ‘... CCF is not a conventional system in Ireland...’ ‘... local forests are too small and the tree species are not suitable to CCF...’ Resistance from forest owners: ‘... forest owners desire to generate revenue through clearfell...’ ‘... private forest owners want a ‘fast’ return but CCF has a ‘stigma’ of long term...’

9 Constraints of CCF all respondents Constraint Rank 1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th Forester's knowledge Wind/stability Market conditions Owners perspective Soil type Mammal densities Other Regulations and laws Can they be overcome? -Education -Training -Research -Increasing awareness

10 Drivers of CCF - all respondents Driver Rank 1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th Certification Economics Scenic and landscape values Public opposition to clearfell Need for increased biodiversity Recreation Other

11 Attitudes to CCF Statement Disagree (%) Don’t know (%) Agree (%) ‘Clearcutting makes more money than CCF in Ireland’ ‘I have the expertise to practice CCF with confidence’ ‘Policy makers in Ireland should encourage the use of CCF more’ ‘Broadleaved forests are better suited to the application of CCF than coniferous forests’ ‘The high risk of windthrow in Ireland drives us to use clearcutting’28369

12 Conclusions CCF users over-represented CCF = new concept in Ireland – It can take time for a new concept to be accepted and practiced Training and research – Understanding the concept -> avoid confusion in terminology – Feasibility studies -> possible markets, transport and processing Promoting and awareness raising – Home-grown and high-grade construction timber – Making forest owners aware of CCF => Forest owners determine management objectives ‘... CCF can be extremely difficult but also logical and natural...’

13 Funding: COFORD - Council for Forest Research and Development Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine under the National Development Plan, Ireland


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