Forestry planning

The Forest Service directly manages 75,000 hectares of forest land, and regulates 30,000 hectares of private forest in Northern Ireland.

Policy

Forest Policy is to manage these forests in a sustainable way, and to provide a balance of social, environmental and economic benefits for the people in Northern Ireland. We also hope to increase forest cover to 12% of land area by 2054, primarily through the promotion of private planting.

From time to time we formally review our progress towards achieving policy aims, taking stock of what we achieve and what remains to be done. As part of this we seek public consultation on proposals, so that clear and long term objectives can be set for our woodland and forests.

Forest Planning Reviews

Forest Service periodically carries out detailed reviews of its forest plans, and, as part of these reviews, seeks public and focused consultation on proposals, so that clear long term objectives can be set for its forests.

Forest Plans

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