€18/m Deer Fencing Funding Now Accessible to Safeguard Forests

Deer Fencing Funding Now Accessible to Safeguard Forests
Deer Fencing Funding Now Accessible to Safeguard Forests

€18/m Deer Fencing Funding Now Accessible to Safeguard Forests

In a bid to safeguard forests from deer-induced damage, farmers, private landowners, and forestry companies can now benefit from a substantial €18/m payment for the installation of protective fencing.

This initiative, operating under the Forestry Programme, extends its coverage to encompass forest types (FT) 1-7.

Notably, the payment can be claimed before the second instalment, provided there is concrete evidence of deer damage surpassing 40% in previously planted areas.

The seven forest types eligible for this payment are delineated as follows:

  1. Native forests (FT 1)
  2. Forests designated for water conservation (FT 2)
  3. Forests situated on public land (FT 3)
  4. Amenity woodlands catering to local communities, known as ‘NeighbourWoods’ (FT 4)
  5. Emergent forests (FT 5)
  6. Pure broadleaves, encompassing oak or beech (FT 6)
  7. Other broadleaves (FT 7)

Regrettably, agroforestry (FT 8) does not fall within the purview of this initiative.

Deer Fencing Funding Now Accessible to Safeguard Forests
Conducting high tensile woven wire deer fence installation field training for farmer recipients of the NJ State deer fence distribution program in cooperation with the NJ Dept. of Agriculture.
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The €18/m payment will apply to fencing materials complying with the Irish Standard 436 (IS436), calculated at 160m/ha. This amounts to a maximum disbursement of €2,880/ha for the installation of new deer fencing.

To meet the prescribed standards, IS436 materials must adhere to specific criteria relating to permitted timber species, post dimensions, timber preservation methods, pre-treatment drying requisites, and the proper labelling and traceability of the final product.

For non-IS436 materials, a payment rate of €14/m will be granted, based on 150m/ha, culminating in a maximum payment of €2,100/ha.

Additionally, a separate provision has been made for upgrades to existing deer fencing. This upgrade, which pertains to IS436, allows for a payment rate of €9/m at 160m/ha, equating to a maximum payment of €1,440/ha. Similarly, for non-IS436, a rate of €8/m at 120m/ha is applicable, resulting in a maximum payment of €960/ha.

All fencing materials used must adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Forestry Standards Manual, which meticulously stipulates the specifications and benchmarks for various forestry schemes.

Both fencing upgrades and new installations must be unequivocally depicted on a fencing map, providing a comprehensive account of the total length of metres.

Forests are disqualified from entering this scheme after the second instalment grant, except in cases where the reconstitution of ash trees is underway.

Deer Fencing Funding Now Accessible to Safeguard Forests
Axis Deer cruise through near Kaluakoi Resort in the early afternoon. Usually, the shy animals feed at night and more days near human activity due to a long drought and shortage of food resources. January 15, 2021

Furthermore, provisions have been made for the fencing-off of forested areas from hares. A contribution of €4/m, with a maximum coverage of 160m/ha (resulting in a maximum payment of €640/ha), is available for forests that have suffered hare-related damage up to the approval for the second instalment grant. Eligible forests must demonstrate a minimum of 30% damage attributable to hares.

Similar to deer fencing, forests are ineligible to avail of the hare fencing payment post the second instalment grant, except in instances where the reconstitution of ash trees is in progress.

This funding initiative seeks to fortify forests against potential deer and hare-related harm. By offering substantial payments, it aims to incentivize the implementation of protective measures, ensuring the long-term vitality and integrity of Nigeria’s forested landscapes.



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