Save Leitrim welcomes latest figures by UCD professor on forestry

The Save Leitrim Group is welcoming latest figures obtained by a professor at UCD in relation to forestry in Ireland.

Figures obtained from the Department of Agriculture by Dr Andrew Jackson show that all applications for new forestry across the country in the past 10 years were below the 50 hectare size that automatically triggers an environmental impact assessment or EIA.

The figures also showed that while the department must screen new application to see if there are reasons other than size that suggest an EIA should be carried out, no such EIA’s were ordered in the years 2010 to 2017.

Dr Jackson who’s an environmental and planning lawyer has said the figures are worrying in the light of current government policy of planting 8,000 hectare of forestry each year until 2050.

Edwina Guckian from the Save Leitrim group says they are grateful to Dr Jackson for his work in gathering this kind of information which they can also use in their campaign against more planting in the county.