Irish Scientist, Diana Beresford Kroeger, author of 'Arboretum America', and
'Global Forest', will be honoured with a fellowship from 'Wings Worldquest'
in New York on Thursday, the 15th April. This award is the science world's
equivalent of a Nobel Prize. Wings Worldquest celebrates extraordinary women
Brought up in West Cork, now living in Canada, Ms Beresford-Kroeger
specialises in the study of ancient woodlands, "Trees are a livng miracle",
and they create the conditions for healthy eco-systems, which form "the
nerve system of biodiversity".
Two years ago on a trip home, Ms. Beresford-Kroeger, joined the Woodland
League, a not for profit NGO, as their consultant scientist, endorsing their
policy of protecting natural and ancient woodlands and promoting native
She is deeply concerned about the fate of the Worlds remaining old-growth
forests because of over-harvesting and destruction of eco-systems caused by
industrial tree plantations. This forestry model, which dominates the Irish
landscape, is reliant on chemical pesticides and fertilisers.
Ms Beresford-Kroeger was also shocked to learn of the McCarthy Report's
proposal last year to privatise Coillte (the Irish Forestry Board) and it's
1.1 million acres of Irish forests, mountains and rivers.
Helvetia Wealth A.G., a Swiss based international investment company last
year appointed ex-Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern as their Chairman and have
expressed interest in acquiring Coillte and all it's assets.
"The Irish public forests are the inheritance of the Irish children and
grandchildren and must never be sold", she said.
Ms Beresford-Kroeger's new book 'The Global Forest', which promotes the
multiple benefits and gifts of native, natural forests, will be available
worldwide later this month. This book is a timely reminder to the world of
how much we depend on our ancient relationships with trees and nature.
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