Coillte is Irish state-owned forest company, established in 1988 - Manages 445,000ha of land. 1,000 employees in Ireland, UK and Netherlands.
Ursue full commercial development of the company through a clear and distinct strategy focused on innovative and sustainable management of natural resources - adding value to forest and land assets.
Manages the forestry business, planting, harvesting and selling logs to Irish sawmill customers –FSC, PEFC certified. Ireland’s largest provider of outdoor recreation. Approximately 20% of estate managed primarily for nature conservation.
Coillte Panel Products
Manufactures timber panel products used in construction, furniture and a range of other uses. Leading brand products - SmartPly OSB and Medite MDF Factories in Clonmel and Waterford Port exporting to Europe and all over world.
Renewable energy - wind & biomass - Land sales & development - Telecommunications Infrastructure . Coillte involved in reforestation approx. 5000ha and Large Pine weevil Hylobius abietis is a major threat to that programme.
Weevil management strategies
Protecting seedlings (chemical insecticide and mounding), Planting before numbers peak (hot-planting or fallow), Bio-control methods.
- Coillte: small scale (month 1-24) and large scale trials (month 5-48)
- Trials on application of nematodes to stumps on clearfell site for control on range of site types and varying depths of peat soil
- Site selection
- Assistance in collection of data on trials on Coillte sites
- Operational Level Trials