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2007-11-12 20:39:07
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Dead wood
Why are there so few coniferous forests in Ireland like the one shown in the photo (taken along part of the Wicklow Way in Glencullen)? You can leave the track at any point and wander freely among the trees. Most of our coniferous forests are impenetrable, except where traversed by the occasional path or firebreak. They are also practically dead, with little in the way of vegetation, bird or animal life under their canopy. Having the opportunity to walk earlier this year in commercial forests in Sweden that occupy immense tracts of land, I was pleasantly surprised at how well-spaced the trees are. While still young, they are thinned out to allow for the strong, straight growth of a selected number. There is evidence of plenty of life on all sides. Even when it comes to logging, rather than leaving a vast expanse of land with blackened stumps, swathes of mature trees are felled yet leaving others with younger trees alongside. All in all, the impression is one of forestry that, although comercially viable, is still respectful of nature and of the landscape. Does anyone familiar with Irish forestry know why we engage in this country in a manner of cultivation that does so little for the areas it covers, both while the trees are growing and afterwards, when the dead wood leaches its acids into lakes and streams and carries its deadening effect still further afield?
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Caora Bhán: Dunkerron ridge run
Dbosonnet 2 days ago.
Coomnacronia taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

  
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Slievenashaska: Wild mountain run
Dbosonnet 2 days ago.
Slievenashaska taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

  
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Topped Mountain: Short & simple
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
A simple little Minion to climb (the name Topped 'Mountain' is a bit of a stretch). A gravel path & steps from a carpark will see you reach the top in about 15 minutes, and you won't even need you...

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Crockmulroney: Good summit for Carn-baggers
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
A fine hill with a well defined summit and great views. Plenty of parking spots along the R254 directly to the south of the summit. From there it's a relatively simple 1km climb to the top.

  
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Near Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 3 days ago.
Sunday A walk started at Cush carpark taking in the soldier?s hole, Saunder?s Lodge, the grassey Knol, ice road. Lou walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 1000m, Area: Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Irela

  
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Near Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 3 days ago.
Caption walk, Len: 1.3km, Climb: 158m, Area: Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Ring Hill

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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 3 days ago.
For the walkers who may not wish to visit the summit area a photo of same.

  
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Into The Coum(eragh)'s
GSheehy 3 days ago.
The forecast was for heat, so I said I?d have an early start. Down to the base layer by the time I got to The Gap at ... walk, Len: 27.2km, Climb: 1226m, Area: Coumfea West Top, Comeragh Mountains (I

  
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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 3 days ago.
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Eanach Mheáin: Galway Island
sandman 3 days ago.
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Dunkerron Spine
Msbinireland 3 days ago.
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Lettercallow: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
By parking at L8760028966 you can walk on to open hillside with no access issues . A gentle accent to the summit area which unlike its nearest neighbour has no seating arrangements for the visitor...


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