Thirty years a-grow­ing

Irish Independent - Farming - - FORESTRY -

TEA­GASC Bal­ly­haise Col­lege, Co Ca­van is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of forestry train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion with an open day on Thurs­day.

This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to high­light ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in forestry and re­lated en­vi­ron­men­tal ar­eas.

Forestry ed­u­ca­tion and skills train­ing play a crit­i­cal role with an in­creas­ing de­mand for ed­u­cated and skilled per­son­nel. This is re­flected in the ca­reer choices avail­able to the new en­trants to the for­est in­dus­try.

Bal­ly­haise is the only col­lege in Ire­land pro­vid­ing forestry courses to QQI Level 5 and Level 6. It also of­fers ac­cess to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion via a more prac­ti­cal-based Level 5 course.

You can chat to a num­ber of grad­u­ates out­lin­ing their ca­reer paths since fin­ish­ing col­lege. Water­ford In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin will be there to pro­vide details of their forestry de­gree courses.

GMIT, Let­ter­frack of­fer courses in fur­ni­ture de­sign and wood tech­nol­ogy. Ar­bori­cul­ture and tree care is yet an­other ca­reer pos­si­bil­ity to be ex­plored on the day.

Also present will be Tea­gasc Forestry De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment, pro­vid­ing im­par­tial ad­vice to any­one con­sid­er­ing forestry or who has al­ready planted; forestry re­searchers will high­light the im­por­tance of on-go­ing sci­en­tific re­search.

State agen­cies and au­thor­i­ties such as the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food and the Marine (For­est Ser­vice), Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice, In­land Fish­eries Ire­land and Ca­van County Coun­cil will of­fer in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to forestry, en­vi­ron­ment and her­itage.

You can get find out more about the work of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the So­ci­ety of Ir­ish Foresters, Soil Sci­ence So­ci­ety of Ire­land, Ir­ish Ge­o­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Bee­keep­ing So­ci­ety.

Forestry com­pa­nies, con­sul­tants and wood pro­ces­sors will also be present to dis­cuss es­tab­lish­ment, har­vest­ing and mar­ket­ing op­tions.

There will be work­ing demon­stra­tions of mo­bile sawmilling, tree climb­ing and prun­ing, har­vest­ing and ex­trac­tion. The forestry har­vest­ing sim­u­la­tor will also be in ac­tion. Fire­fight­ing safety meth­ods and equip­ment can be seen.

You can en­joy the newly de­vel­oped wood­land walk in­te­grat­ing cul­ture and her­itage, and see the col­lege’s agro­forestry, mixed woodlands and Christ­mas trees plots.

Lec­turer Mar­i­anne Lyons said: “Forestry is not a stand-alone in­dus­try and is not just about tim­ber pro­duc­tion. In order to have a sus­tain­able re­source, the for­est in­dus­try op­er­ates in close co­op­er­a­tion with en­vi­ron­men­tal land use agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“The de­mand for sus­tain­able tim­ber and as a source of re­new­able en­ergy is in­creas­ing while pro­vid­ing added en­vi­ron­men­tal value and wider so­cial ben­e­fits. Op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist across the sec­tors for skilled op­er­a­tives, self-em­ployed con­trac­tors and grad­u­ates.”

This event is free of charge and opens from 10.0 to 3.0. Con­tact 049-4338108 or email bal­ly­haise. col­lege@tea­gasc.ie for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Tea­gasc Bal­ly­haise Col­lege cel­e­brates 30 years of forestry train­ing on Thurs­day

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