The Forestry Foundation – Sustainable forestry in action
About the Forestry Foundation
The Irish Natural Forestry Foundation was founded by Ian Wright in 2002. Forest policy in Ireland was promoting unsustainable practices. An aggressive afforestation programme set a target of covering 17% of the country in trees by 2035. The policy for how this was to achieved was set out in a government document called Growing for the Future (1996). The focus on planting large monocultures of non–native sitka spruce designed for clearfell has led to a range of environmental and social failing of the forest policy in Ireland. The role of INFF, when founded, was to campaign for a robust, inclusive sustainable forestry programme. We campaign for mixed species broadleaf forests, cognisant of the need for a commercial return, while protecting biodiversity.
The organisation has grown in the years since 2002 and under the direction of CEO, Cillian Lohan the INFF has established itself as a one of Ireland’s most active and influential NGOs.
Read more about the establishment of the INFF and the lessons learned along the way here.
Interactive View of the INFF’s Structure:
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Tel: +353 23 8822823