Duncan Ireland, BSc

Technical Development Forester

Duncan Ireland

Email: duncan.ireland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 6939

Technical Development
Forest Research
Ae Village
Scotland DG1 1QB

Duncan graduated from Aberdeen University with first class honours degree in Forest Management in 2001 having completed a four year degree course and a mid year placement with the Forestry Commission at Sherwood and Lincs Forest District. He joined Technical Development in 2001 and gained formal qualifications in Work Measurement and Method and Systems Improvement through the Institute of Management Services and has qualified in chainsaw use to NPTC level, units 30 and 31. Since joining Technical Development his main research areas have included Continuous Cover Forestry, application of small-scale harvesting and extraction equipment and systems in forestry, use of hand winches in winch takedown and debogging and woodfuel operations including short rotation forestry.

Current role

Technical Development Forester

As a member of the Technical Development team, role includes management of project resources to achieve stated deliverables. Also the providing independent advice to members of the public on current project areas, undertaking time and method studies and evaluating new machinery and equipment. Information from these studies is principally disseminated within the Forestry Commission in the form of internal reports.

Current programmes

Harvesting and transport

  • Continuous Cover Forestry: developing operational guidance for management of alternative silviculture.
  • Safety issues of compact tractors in forestry: project manager on investigation of applications for compact tractors in forestry and the promotion of their use.
  • Small-scale harvesting and woodfuel outdoor workshops: project manager organising a program of outdoor demonstration workshops throughout the course of the year within the Forestry Commission and Private Sector.
  • Short Rotation Forestry: operational outputs and costs for short rotation forestry establishment.

Affiliations and achievements

  • Associate member of ICF
  • Member of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society
  • Member of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group

Research areas

  • Continuous cover forestry
  • Use of compact tractors in small-scale forestry
  • Small-scale harvesting and extraction equipment
  • Hand winches – best practice and safe usage
  • Woodfuel including short rotation forestry 

Main recent publications

Ireland, D. (2009). Final Overstorey Removal Removal in Uniform Shelterwood (PDF-1265K). Forestry Commission Technical Development Internal Project Information Note 45/08. Technical Development, Ae Village.

Ireland, D. and Kerr, G. (2008). CCF Harvesting Method Development: Harvester Head Visibility (PDF-474K). Forestry Commission Technical Development Internal Project Information Note 10/08. Technical Development, Ae Village.

Ireland, D. (2006). Operational Experience of Continuous Cover Forestry: UK Case Studies (PDF-5381K). Forestry Commission Technical Development Internal Project Information Note 13/06. Technical Development, Ae Village.

Ireland, D. (2006). Traction Aids in Forestry (PDF-1690K). Technical Note 13, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Ireland, D., Claridge, J., and Pow, R. (2006). Woodfuel Meets the Challenge (PDF-1499K). Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey.

Saunders, C. J., and Ireland D. (2005). Extraction Route Trials on Sensitive Sites (PDF-308K). Technical Note 10, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Ireland, D., Hall, A. and Jones D.H. (2004). Woodfuel Information Pack. Technical Development, Forest Research.

Morgan, S. and Ireland, D. (2004). Excavator Mound Spacing on Restocking Sites (PDF-3037K). Forestry Commission Technical Note 8, Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Ireland, D. (2004) Winching operations in forestry – tree takedown and vehicle debogging (PDF-2523K). Forestry Commission Technical Guide 1.

Webster, P. and Ireland, D. (2003). Brash Management on habitat restoration sites (PDF-5713K). Technical Development, Forest Research.