DangerSignIn addition to the two manuals that were developed as part of the pilot project, a range of resource materials is available online. The below Resource Library has gathered information from various reference sources in one convenient place. While every attempt has been made to include as many up to date relevant resources as possible, this list is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.

arrow Forest Service Guidelines

Forest Service (DAFM) Guidelines should be adhered to for any forestry operation and can be found on the Forest Service, DAFM website  

See Forest Service Environmental Information & Guidelines on the new DAFM website and previous DAFM suite of Environmental Guidelines.

Conditions attached to licences for forestry operations often refer to these DAFM Guidelines.

The list of old and new environmental guidelines now available on the GOV.IE Website includes:

  • Forest Biodiversity Guidelines
  • Forest Protection Guidelines
  • Forestry and Kerry Slug Guidelines
  • Forestry and Otter Guidelines
  • Forests and Water
  • Forestry and the Landscape Guidelines
  • Forest Recreation in Ireland - A Guide for Forest Owners and Managers
  • Native Woodland Establishment GPC9 and GPC10
  • Woodland for Water
  • Aerial Fertilisation Requirements (June 2015)
  • Forestry and Water Quality Guidelines
  • Forestry and Archaeology Guidelines
  • Forest Harvesting and Environmental Guidelines
  • Forestry and Freshwater Pearl Mussel Requirements, (DAFM, 2008)
  • Land Types for Afforestation
  • Environmental Requirements for Afforestation
  • DRAFT Plan for Forests & Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Ireland

Forest Service regularly updates Registered Foresters and Contractors with additional information on forestry schemes, see Forest Service Scheme Circulars

Forestry Standards Manual (2023 Working Document)

arrow Forestry Act, 2014

The Forestry Act, 2014 came into force 24th May 2017, for more information, 
see Circular 08 - 2017 Commencement Forestry Act, 2014

See also 'Forestry Act 2014' on the Teagasc website and 'Forestry and the Law' on the DAFM website for the Legal and Regulatory Framework relevant to Irish Forestry.

arrow EUDR - EU Deforestation Regulation 

The EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) was published in June 2023.
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is designated as Competent Authority for the EU Deforestation Regulation.

arrow Thinning and Felling Practices 

A good source of information in this regard is http://www.forestry.ie/information-links/thinning-felling-information, including:

See also New Tree Felling Requirements Information Note, 09/06/2017

For more information on Tree Felling Licences, see DAFM Website - Tree Felling Licences

See also Forestry Licence Viewer

arrow Health & Safety Guidelines

Health & Safety Guidelines can be found on the Health & Safely Authority (HSA) Website, for example:

arrow Site Safety Guides

Information on Site Safety Guides can be found on the UK Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) Website

A comprehensive list is also appended to Doc.05 Group Member Training of Group Management Manual

Health and Safety Authority - Irish Forestry Safety Guides (IFSG)  A suite of Safety Guides modified for Irish use by kind permission of FISA, including:

arrow Plant Health, Habitats & Biodiversity

A good source of information in this regard is www.forestry.ie

See http://www.forestry.ie/information-links/pests-diseases
and http://www.forestry.ie/information-links/invasive-species

Pest Information Notes on various pests are available from the Forest Health section of the Forest Service Website.

See also invasives.ie 
and the National Biodiversity Data Centre  (www.biodiversityireland.ie
and All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

For guidance on Biosecurity measures, see:

For Habitat classification, see A Guide to Habitats in Ireland - by Julie A. Fossitt  (Sometimes referred to as the Fossitt Guide)

National Roads Authority Guidance:

arrow High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)

Sources to assist in the identification of HCVF:

Protected sites in Ireland:

Other Useful NPWS Guidance :

arrowChemical Control


arrowTimber Transport

arrowIllegal Dumping:

Illegal dumping is a major problem in Irish forests and requires constant monitoring.
One way of reporting incidents of illegal dumping and other environmental pollution is via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 'See it? Say it!' App
The 'See it? Say it!' App was developed to help report environmental pollution straight from a phone. Using the App, a person can take a photograph of a pollution incident, whether it is flytipping, water pollution or littering, add a quick description and their contact details and send the message with automatic GPS location coordinates for follow up by the relevant authority. The App is Free and is available from the AppStore and GooglePlay.

arrowNational Forest Certification Standards:

arrow Forest Protection from Fire:

arrow Private Forest Certification in Ireland:

arrowOther Useful Information Links:


 Links last updated: 15th July 2024