Coillte Teo., the State Forestry Board, settled the Judicial Review brought by FIE Director Tony Lowes in the High Court this week. The action was brought four years ago after Coillte refused to release documents concerning the Millennium Forests project. Under the terms of the Court Order the company has voluntarily agreed 'to fully comply' with requirements of the EU Access to Information on the Environment Directive, although they maintain their position that they are not a public authority.

In a statement, Lowes said that 'the Millennium Forest project was a shameful scam. Less than 10% of those who received a Certificate promising them a tree to treasure for generations will actually have them due simply to the necessary thinning that takes place in a plantation. Coillte's refusal to release any information about the project was a last ditch attempt to cover this up.'

'Coillte Teo is the largest landowner in the State. It has been entrusted since 1988 with more than 400,000 hectares of what was previously State land. Their impact on our environment is enormous, and the public has the right to know what they are doing.'

See the Press Release and the full story behind the case in this Wednesday's Forest Network Newsletter.
Coillte Teo., the State Forestry Board, settled the Judicial Review brought by FIE Director Tony Lowes in the High Court this week. The action was brought four years ago after Coillte refused to release documents concerning the Millennium Forests project. Under the terms of the Court Order the company has voluntarily agreed 'to fully comply' with requirements of the EU Access to Information on the Environment Directive, although they maintain their position that they are not a public authority.

In a statement, Lowes said that 'the Millennium Forest project was a shameful scam. Less than 10% of those who received a Certificate promising them a tree to treasure for generations will actually have them due simply to the necessary thinning that takes place in a plantation. Coillte's refusal to release any information about the project was a last ditch attempt to cover this up.'

'Coillte Teo is the largest landowner in the State. It has been entrusted since 1988 with more than 400,000 hectares of what was previously State land. Their impact on our environment is enormous, and the public has the right to know what they are doing.'

See the Press Release and the full story behind the case in this Wednesday's Forest Network Newsletter.
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