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Ireland: Storm damage to forestry plantations reaches $14 million

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Ireland's forestry plantations suffered an estimated €10 million ($14 million) in damage from the recent storms, sources said.

Donal Whelan of the Irish Timber Growers Association said "we are certainly looking at 5,000 hectares of woodland being affected by the storms and the final tally may top 7,000 hectares," The Irish Independent reported. The value of the 7,000 hectares is estimated at close to €40 million, but not all of the timber in these forests will be lost.

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