International Day of Forests and the Tree.

21 Mar

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Today is International Day of Forests and the Tree. Sadly,  I was not able to find any events marking this day in Ireland. At a time when many people are moaning about the Irish Governments plans to sell off the Forests of Ireland this was a great surprise to me.

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After last years fiasco during National Tree Week the Government seemingly are keeping a low profile this year. To fill you in on last year, Enda Kenny who is the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of our country, made a media event out of himself chopping down a tree in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. He also attended an industrial tree harvesting ceremony.  Clueless would be an understatement!!!

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Sadly the same man is still our Taoiseach. He is so keen to kowtow to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and their cronies that he is willing to sell of our Forests to pay the bankers. Amazingly there isn’t a huge public outcry nor indeed a great presence in our Forests to protest at this plan.

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If they go ahead and commit this deed it will put thousands of people out of work, close many sawmills and rid of country of a wonderful recreational resource. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

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Trees absorb pollution and clean the air that we breathe. They support biodiversity, give shelter to animal and human. Trees around your house reduce the wind chill factor by about 30%.  They provide fruit and nuts as well as prevent soil erosion.

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Beautiful to look at and relaxing and refreshing for body and soul to walk amongst trees. Why oh why would a country rid itself of one of it’s best natural resources?

Happy International Day of Forests.

Bridget x.

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19 Responses to “International Day of Forests and the Tree.”

  1. Shawndra Miller March 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Beautiful trees. I did not even know about International Day of Forests and the Tree, so thanks for that. When I look it up, the United States Forest Service’s first statement is “try going one full day without using a product derived from a tree.” Apparently celebrating trees is all about celebrating the stuff we can make from them. Sad.

  2. Jane March 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Here is what the Canadian Ministry of Resources says:
    OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 21, 2013) – The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today issued the following statement on the occasion of the first International Day of Forests, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly.
    “Natural Resources Canada is pleased to support the inaugural International Day of Forests. Canadians can be proud of our reputation as an international leader in sustainable forest management. Our practices in managing Canada’s forests are continuously improving so that this renewable resource will be healthy for future generations.
    “Canada’s expertise in sustainable forest management is founded on world-class science. We continually share our knowledge and expertise so that forest managers around the world can benefit from our approach of balancing the wide range of benefits derived from this valuable natural resource.
    “Canada is also demonstrating to the world that sustainable forest management and forest sector innovation go hand in hand.
    “Global demand for forest products is on the rise, and, increasingly, consumers are asking for wood products from sustainably managed forests. Canada is well positioned to meet this demand. Approximately 150 million hectares of Canada’s forests are certified by third parties as being sustainably managed – far more than for any other country in the world.
    “Today, Canada’s wood products sector is growing and hiring, often in rural communities. This represents a tremendous opportunity for young Canadians – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – to work in an industry that is globally recognized as innovative and responsible.
    “I commend the United Nations for declaring International Day of Forests, as it gives Canadians an opportunity to reflect on the important role forests and trees play in our history and in our social, environmental and economic well-being, together with the role that they will continue to play for future generations.”

    Patting themselves on the back while clear cutting in BC is rampant!
    Jane xx

    • bridget March 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Indeed! All those people in power are good at back patting…goes with the office.
      Bridget x.

    • islandthreads March 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      oh Jane as I read this I was thinking oh good no more clear cutting, then I see your comment, I was lucky enough to visit and stay in BC in the 1990’s and remember demostrations to stop clear cutting, also activity from loggers to continue the practice, I was also lucky to be able to visit a privately owned forest on the Queen Charlotte islands that was being sustainably managed well, BC has beautiful forests with abundant wildlife, I had some very enjoyable walks/trecks through some, Frances

  3. cindyricksgers March 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    It seems we never learn, and never open our eyes to the consequences. I say “we” but I mean the fools with the power who seem to always put the almighty dollar ahead of our future. Very thoughtful post, thank you!

  4. KL March 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Thank you for this information. I was not even aware that today is such an auspicious day. There is no mention of this day anywhere in the US. So, this shows that how most people consider trees or such days :-(. Those pictures are lovely? Are these the forests around your house? I hope they stand forever like this. I never expected such behavior from PM of Ireland or Irish people because we are brought up with magical folklores of Ireland, and of course all of which involves forests and creatures within it.

    • bridget March 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      Most of the tree pics are from woodland walks we have taken with the bards in the woods group, http://www.bardsinthewoods.com , the twisted willow is at our old place in Arigna. Hopefully common sense will prevail and the sale of our forests will not come to pass. Fingers crossed.
      Bridget.

  5. islandthreads March 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I remember hearing about the proposed fate of Irelands forest recently and they did say that so far the people have not come out in great number to protest, they were saying they hope they will and over turn the descion as they did in England and Wales a few years ago, I sincerely hope people power happens, sadly all too often people do not realise what they had until it’s gone.
    as for protection against wind chill if only my trees would grow big enough, I think whoever buys my house when I’m gone will benefit more than me, that’s assumming they don’t cut the trees down. Frances

    • bridget March 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      It’s sad that Irish people are’nt concerned about this. I know people have a lot of problems at the moment but this decision, if it goes ahead, is a drastic one for our country. As the old saying goes “No point closing the stable door when the horse is gone.”

  6. wellywoman March 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Crazy isn’t it and disappointing that people don’t seem bothered. Very different to the outcry here which is interesting. Maybe people have other things on their mind at the moment but it is such a short sighted view to not protect the forests. And really what right do a government have to sell them off anyway. I don’t see them as being ‘owned’ by them rather held in trust for the nation and the future. With the screwed up economy and the dreadful weather it is a particularly heartening time. But then you see Syria and you think well at least we aren’t in that situation.

    Great photo of the dog by the way.

    • bridget March 22, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      That photo was taken on one of the Bards in the Woods walks. He was found dumped in Sligo, now a much treasured pet. He is totally deaf.
      Bridget x.

  7. Anne Wilson March 22, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    The onemilliontreesinaday.ie project was for the planting of trees to coincide with the day of the Forests and Trees, it has been postponed until late April due to paper work involved with ash die back. I don’t know if you are planning on planting more trees but it is not too late to apply for this scheme, you can apply for as little as ten trees, all native Irish and free of charge, you can make a donation if you wish.

    • bridget March 22, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Yes, that is a great scheme Anne. Have heard about it but we have three quarters of an acre now so not really much room for more trees. Lots of trees already planted though and I have some in pots to find space for.
      Bridget x.

  8. elaine March 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    None of your pictures showed up on your blog so I can’t see what you are talking about – but as far as I am concerned – trees are our planets life blood without them we would all perish.

  9. Catherine March 23, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Great to have you back with all the new and interesting insights into your life. My main concern here is that as agriculture becomes the main economic driver again that trees and hedgerows are suffering….they are gone mad here buying land and bull dozing everything…..will we ever learn!!

    • bridget March 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      EU policies are’nt helping the situation either. It’s all about production, no care, it seems, for the natural beauty of the countryside.

  10. Charlie@Seattle Trekker March 24, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    I am glad we are putting a little more emphasis on reforesting our lands. Thank you for your blog.

  11. sweffling April 6, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    I was very disturbed to read of the threat to your forests. On frequent visits to County Cork to visit friends i have admired the countryside and know the quality of a lot of Irish woodland is superb. In the UK we have the 38degrees organisation which lobbied our Parliament last year when our Government proposed a similar scheme. Do you have any similar organisations over there which could be used to galvanise people into treasuring what they have before it is too late?

    • bridget April 6, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      There are several groups lobbying on this issue, Woodland League and People Before Profit to name but 2. Also Bards in the Woods, of which I am a member, which tries to encourage people to visit their local woodlands. Sadly the general public don’t seem bothered.

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