Deforestation, Ireland Woodlands, Ireland Forests and Forestry, Ireland
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Falkiner, C. Litton. 'The forestry question considered historically'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XI Part LXXXIII, 1902/1903, pp156-173
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XI Part LXXXIII 1902/1903
The main object of this paper is not to re-state
the case for forestry in Ireland, but to recall public attention
to the subject; and in doing so to endeavour to throw
light on the solution of a preliminary difficulty which is
encountered on the threshold of any attempt to extend our
woodlands, viz. :—Where should planting" begin, and
what are the districts in which it may be most hopefully
undertaken? It appears to me that the past may have
some lessons for us on this point, and that something
may be done from the point of view of history to supply
an answer to this question. The line of my recent reading
chancing to have brought vividly before me the extent and
value of our former forests, I have asked myself whether
light may not be derived from a consideration of the localities
in which those forests flourished, of the circumstances
which caused their destruction, and of the attempts which
have been made in former generations to repair or mitigate
the misfortune of their disappearance? It is to these
questions, and to these questions only, that I shall endeavour
now to give an answer.
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