LEITRIM – A NATIONAL SACRIFICE ZONE FOR SITKA SPRUCE
Over 40% of County Leitrim’s agricultural land is planted in non native, invasive species. That’s over 30,000 Hectares ( 70 000 acres) of Leitrim’s land and it is increasing everyday. That’s 70 MILLION of the alien species SITKA SPRUCE! It is the law that once land is planted, it can never be taken out of forestry.
It is also the law that an (EIA) Environmental Impact Assessment be undertaken if an application is over 50 Hectares, the average farm size in Leitrim is 25 Hectares so this does not apply. Leitrim has in excess of 30 000 hectares of industrial plantations and no Environmental Impact Assessment has ever been undertaken. We are most definitely not against trees! We are for the right trees, in the right places being managed in the right way so that everyone benefits! The environment, the wildlife, the communities, the farmers, the economy, the county and the future. Right now what’s happening, and has been happening for more than 40 years, is wrong. It’s all about the money rather than being about what’s right and best.