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Forestry and Water (2008)

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Forestry and Water (2008)

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Conifer plantation forests in Ireland are recognised as a potential source of diffuse pollution, in conjunction with many others, to water courses and represents a risk to the
ecological integrity of running waters. Although current planting tends to occur on better quality land, the majority of Irish forests have historically been planted on agriculturally unproductive land. Much of this unproductive land is in the uplands, such that many Irish rivers either rise in or receive drainage from these upland catchments.

While recognising other landuse/catchment pressures, this study aimed to assess the risks of forestry-derived eutrophication and sedimentation to running waters and to identify and quantify the factors that affect these risks.

1472475008wpdm_Measures_Standards _Forestry_Dangerous Substances_Final.pdf  Download  
1472475007wpdm_Forests and Surface Water Acidification_literature Review.pdf  Download  
1472475007wpdm_Forestry and Surface Water Acidification-FORWATER.pdf  Download  
1472475005wpdm_Forest and Water_UCC_Draft Final Report.pdf  Download  
1472475004wpdm_Forest and water programme of measures.pdf  Download  
1472475004wpdm_Forest and water Eutrophication_Sedimentation Literature review .pdf  Download  


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