Save and Restore our Native Forests
Change Climate – Fix Native Forests First
Please Sign and Save Our Ancient Forests
To : The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, The Minister for Agriculture, The Minister for the Environment, The Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Arts and The Minister for Finance:
Why we need to save and restore our native forests:
Michael Collins quote on biodiversity.
“Our object in building up the country economically must not be lost sight of. That object is not to be able to boast of enormous wealth or of a great volume of trade, for their own sake. It is not to see our country covered with smoking chimneys and factories. It is not to show a great national balance-sheet, nor to point to a people producing wealth with the self-obliteration of a hive of bees”. from path to freedom speeches of Michael Collins.
Ireland’s Biodiversity reporting to the UN to comply with the Convention on Biological Diversity shows a continuous decline in species and habitats including rare Ancient Woodlands. https://www.cbd.int/doc/world/
Under the Irish states, CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) UN and EU Legal commitments, a new 10 year biodiversity restoration strategy will have to be implemented during the period 2021 – 2030, our proposals fit this objective completely.
Native Woodlands are the key to Biodiversity on Land: https://youtu.be/nopewmqHxN0
What the Woodland League are proposing and have a model for, in our Great Forest of Aughty project in East Clare, South Galway. This model is supported by Scottish woodland research, as the most effective methodology for Native woodland restoration.
The current use of Public Funds for Native Woodland Restoration, is being conducted in an unfocused, ad hoc way. Many new woodlands are isolated on exposed sites, open to the elements, with deer and hare predation, producing questionable results.
Great Forest of Aughty animation video: https://www.youtube.com/
Article about the Aughty project in this Global Forest Coalition, Forest Cover magazine link in 2016: https://globalforestcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/forestcover-50-online.pdf
The Woodland League are members of the Global Forest Coalition: https://globalforestcoalition.
Current approaches to native Woodland restoration in Scotland. In particular, the integration of Woodlands into habitat networks, increasing ecological connectivity between Woodland fragments, is considered essential to ensure success in the long term. This provides scientific validation for our proposal for the creation of linear native Woodland corridors. Ref: https://www.tandfonline.
The 1988 Forestry Act, which established Coillte is not fit for purpose, this was confirmed by the All party Oireachtas Climate Committee report recommendations, who also called for riparian linear native Woodlands, and more ref :https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/
The Woodland League is a not-for-profit, independent, community-based organisation. Our aim is to restore the relationship between people and their native Woodlands and ensure their restoration and conservation. visit www.woodlandleague.org to discover more about our work.
The Woodland League is a not-for-profit, independent, community-based organisation. Our aim is to restore the relationship between people and their native woodlands and ensure their restoration and conservation. visit www.woodlandleague.org to discover more about our work.