The Association of Irish Forestry Consultants (AIFC) was established in 1997 and represents the forest consultancy profession in Ireland. Membership is nationwide with a client base of over 1,500 forest owners. The role of the professional forester is now recognised internationally as being critical in the proper management and development of any forestry investment. AIFC Foresters are engaged in all aspects of forestry and provide a wide range of services and work directly for farmers and forest owners.
AIFC are represented at regular meeting with the Forest Service dealing with issues relating to all aspects of forestry in Ireland. We are also members of the Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association ( IFFPA) .
AIFC members come from various backgrounds in forestry. Some of us have worked for the State forestry sector, others have worked for private forestry companies and some in forest education and research. We have pooled our experience and by drawing on the better aspects of our previous careers, listening to our customers and trying hard to be creative. We have succeeded in attracting satisfied customers all over Ireland.
Increasing numbers of plantation owners are engaging our members at the post-maintenance grant stage, to manage their plantations right up to first thinning and beyond. AIFC members provide harvesting expertise/services at all stages of the rotation for both conifers and broadleaves.
AIFC are formally affiliated to the Society of Irish Foresters (SIF), the representative body for the forestry profession in Ireland, now responsible for administering the new CPD Scheme for the Forest Service. Raising standards in Irish Forestry has been a fundamental part of the AIFC from the very start and is our intention that our Meetings and field days attended will be included for CPD points.
Membership is confined to Company Directors and Sole Traders, all professionally qualified and experienced in forestry. To become a member of the AIFC applicants must satisfy strict criteria regarding qualifications, experience and professional indemnity insurance. We are continuing to grow our membership base and invite new applicants to join.
Dermot Houlihan B.Agr.Sc.(For.) MSIF
27 Bushy Park Lawn, Circular Road, Galway.
Fearghal Kealey ND Forestry Pgdip GIS
Forest and Tree Services Ltd.
Ballincur, Kinnitty, Co.Offaly
Con Little B.Agr.Sc (For) MSIF
Powerstown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary