• Over 11% of Ireland is under forest
  • In excess of 43% is in private ownership
  • Total value of the Forestry Industry to the Irish Economy is €1.65billion
  • Employment in the forest sector is almost 11,000 people.
  • A 15,000 ha per annum afforestation programme will create on average 490 direct jobs annually.
  • Recreational value of forests valued at €97 million, which in turn generates €268 million in economic activities in rural areas.
  • Sustainable level of afforestation is 15,000 ha per annum
  • Government target 17% forest cover by 2030 equivalent to one million hectares of forest
  • The average size of a privately owned forest in Ireland is 8 hectares (20 acres)
Forestry facts