EU forestry advocacy group concerned about single-species plantations in Leitrim

An EU-level organisation dedicated to protecting forests, as well as the rights of communities living in their wake, has strongly criticised Irish Government forestry policy.

Fern is a non-governmental organisation created in 1995 to keep track of the European Union’s involvement in forests and co-ordinate NGO activities at the European level.

One of the group’s Forest and Climate experts Julia Christian visited Leitrim last year to meet local communities and address a conference on the rights of people living in and around forestry.

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Speaking on let’s Talk today, the lawyer and climate expert said she was shocked to find so much single species forestry when she visited the county last year and it was clear that the main forestry policy at present centres on money: