Dáil Éireann - Volume 538 - 14 June, 2001

Written Answers. - Afforestation Programme.

53. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the total number of trees planted by species in both the public and private sector in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17606/01]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): The total area of afforestation grant-aided by my Department during the year 2000 was as follows.

Conifers

Area (ha)

Sitka Spruce

9,335

Scots Pine

654

Norway Spruce

1,449

Other Conifers, including, Japanese Larch, Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Lawson Cypress, Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar

2,230

Broadleaves

Oak

328

Beech

42

Other broadleaves, including Ash, Birch and Sycamore

1,657

Total

15,695

In addition, a further 7,500 hectares, approximately, was reforested following clearfell under licence. A breakdown of species is not available in respect of this area. There are no statistics available in my Department in respect of non grant aided tree planting but the level of such planting for commercial purposes is likely to be very limited. However, a significant amount of environmental tree planting is undertaken by local authorities and Dúchas.

54. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the total amount and value of timber harvested, by species, in both the public and the private sector in the past 12 months; the extent to which such timber was used in the home market and in exports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17607/01]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): Coillte Teoranta's total invoiced sales for 2000 amounted to £66.52 million, rep[421] resenting a volume of 2,731 cubic metres. The species involved were as follows:

Species

Volume

Sitka Spruce

1,895,046

Norway Spruce

209,130

Pines

487,368

Other

139,356

Total

2,730,900

I estimate the above figures could be increased by an additional 4% to allow for non-Coillte output.

Approximately 48% of timber produced is ultimately exported. This figure includes the timber residues and pulpwoods used by Irish Board Mills, who export board products across Europe.

Questions Nos. 55 and 56 answered with Question No. 42.

Questions Nos. 57 to 59, inclusive, answered with Question No. 43.