Forestry Insurance News
2014 The Forestry Bill,
2013 has been enacted and is now the Forestry Act, 2014. The Minister has powers to make regulations
in relation to various forestry matters.
23 June, 2014 - ORANGE Fire Alert issued by Forest Service. Download here.
30 April, 2014
- thank you to our many customers who have renewed cover
and to all a safe year!
2014 - We expect to commence renewals
notices next week. Now is a good time to review your cover.
2014 - Minister Tom Hayes
issues a statement regarding the recent storm and forest windblow. It can be downloaded here.
2014 - Forest Service issues
Guidance for Forest Owners with windblow. It can be downloaded
2014 A seminar on
wildfires and forest fires was
opened in Laois County Council Buildings, Portlaoise, Co. Laois by Minister Tom Hayes. The seminar,
hosted by Laois County Council in conjunction with the Forest Service of the Department of
Agriculture, Food and the Marine, addressed the issues of wildfires and forest fires in the Irish
countryside, which pose a very real threat over the coming weeks and months. A Press Release from the
Minister can be viewed here.
2014 - Minister Tom Hayes establishes a
Windblow Taskforce which includes forest owner organisations.
13 February 2014 - Storm Darwin has record wind speeds and causes serious property damage especially in
the Mid West and South of the country over about two hours on the afternoon of 12 February.
Thankfully there are no serious injuries or loss of life.
Forestry in the area does not escape and many mid rotation crops are damaged. Clients
in the impacted area are advised to have their older forest properties checked as soon as possible,
taking no unnecessary risks in the process. Any obvious damage should be reported to WoodlandCover
091 562016 or firstname.lastname@example.org even if you do not
have windblow cover.
- There have
been gorse fires this Easter weekend. All responsible people should report fires immediately to
the Gardai and Fire services as weel as gving as much information
as possible on the source.
March 2013 -
Forest Service issued a high alert warning.
- Our fire and storm scheme will be underwritten by RSA from 1 April, 2013.
- We have had enquiries about pest and disease insurance;
unfortunately cover is not available anywhere in the market.
2012 -we are working to further improve our systems to give
you an even better service.
2012 - we are now on Twitter
- IFFPA (IBEC) hosted a
well attended stakeholder event regarding land and forest fires on 10 February at which Minister McEntee
launched the Prescribed Burning Code to be used by farmers and landowners when burning
Code and a synopsis are available in our Downloads section.
- Forest Service issues Circular on Procedures for reporting
fire damage and issues that arise.
The Circular can be downloaded
31 May 2011 - Minister of State McEntee warns rural
dwellers to remain vigilant over June bank holiday weekend
Following on from the extensive damage caused by land and forest fires during the
May bank holiday weekend, Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and
the Marine with responsibility for forestry has warned that "the threat of further acts of illegal land burning is a
cause of concern as we approach the June bank holiday. Thousands of acres of land were affected by
irresponsible acts of illegal scrub clearing and vandalism at the beginning of May, which caused millions
of euro of damage to forests and other property and threatened the lives and livelihoods of many. The
extent of loss to wildlife and biodiversity remains incalculable."
4 May 2011 - Minister of State McEntee appalled at fire damage over 'worst
weekend in the history of Irish forestry'
Only two weeks after issuing a stark warning regarding the dangers of illegal
burning of agricultural land, Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food
and the Marine with responsibility for forestry has stated "I am absolutely appalled at the
flagrant disregard for the law, property and people's lives due to the irresponsible and criminal behaviour
of a small minority who continue to set land fires around the country. The setting of fires for any purpose
is highly irresponsible given the current dry and windy climatic conditions."
19 April 2011 - Minister of State McEntee reminds farmers and landowners
of the continued risk of forest fires
Remarking on the recent spate of forest fires,
Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with
responsibility for forestry stated "Setting fire to growing vegetation at this time of year is not only
an extremely dangerous practice, it is also illegal. The dry spell of weather currently being experienced
in parts of the country, and over recent weeks, has significantly increased the risk of forest fires and
the consequential risks to the lives of rural dwellers, their property, and their livelihoods. Met Eireann
has confirmed that weather conditions conducive to the rapid spread of wildfires will apply throughout the
country for the next week. Last year, thousands of acres of valuable forestry was lost due to illegal and
careless land burning, while the extent of the destruction of wildlife and natural habitats remains
26 April 2010 - New Minister warns of forest fire