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padodes
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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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 less than an hour ago.
This is a relatively easy way to reach the Croughan ridgeline and get a taste for the magnificent all-round views. Ir... walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 11 hours ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

  
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eamonoc
eamonoc a day ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

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Colin Murphy 21 hours ago.
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jackill 17 hours ago.
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Colin Murphy 21 hours ago.
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strangeweaver 3 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 21 hours ago.
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simon3 4 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
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Onzy 5 days ago.
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Harry Goodman 3 days ago.
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