Awarding of F.S.C. Certificates.
Twelve members of Forest Owners Co-operative Society received F.S.C. certificates for their woodlands at a function in the Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire attended by Minister of State for Forestry, Andrew Doyle T.D. This followed a pilot project in which F.O.C.S. and North Eastern Forestry Group based in Dundalk were chosen to participate in the scheme. Each member had to complete a pre-audit assessment to identify any non conformities and issues to be resolved pre-audit. All members agreed that the experience helped to increase their knowledge of their forests both from each other and from the project specialists.