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TCD Engineers Find Optimum Solution to Protect Aquatic Biodiversity By Forested Areas

April 2014

The negative impacts of peatland forestry and harvesting on water quality and ecology are well documented. With 300,000 hectares of afforested blanket peat now reaching a harvestable age, TCD engineers have devised a way to mitigate the environmental impacts that peatland forestry practices have on Ireland’s aquatic biodiversity. Seeding grasses next to timber plantations, they found, helped to reduce concentrations of suspended solids and phosphorus in nearby water systems. The grass-seeded buffer zones function by retaining some of the nutrients released when trees are harvested, and which would otherwise make their way into streams and rivers at levels that harm water quality, ecology, and associated biodiversity.

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