PREMIER IRISH FORESTRY FUND PHASE II PLC.
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HOW IS FORESTRY BEING ENCOURAGED AND FUNDED.
(Summary from the Afforestation Grant and Premium Schemes booklet issued by the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources)

On acquiring land deemed suitable for forestry, an Afforestation Grant is applied for. This grant, paid by the EU and irish Government covers the following:

A MAINTENANCE GRANT

To cover the costs of maintenance- payable 4 years after the date of planting. An annual premium of 50 per acre will also be paid to the landowners/ the fund by the EU.

WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS WILL BE ASSESSED IN CONSIDERING AN APPLICATION FOR AN AFFORESTATION GRANT?

The following aspects will be considered in consultation with the agencies indicated:

Sensitive wildlife habitats (Natural Heritage Areas / SAC's):
National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Drinking Water Supplies.
Local Authorities.
Outstanding Llandscapes and high amenity areas:
Local Authorities.
Fisheries:
Regional Fisheries Boards.
In addition the design of the plantation in relation to size, shape,species diversity, edge design and distances from houses and roads will also be taken into account. Local authorities are also consulted on all applications over 25 hectares.

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