Friday 24th October saw the official launch of the Dublin Mountains Partnership at an event in Tibradden Woods.
The Dublin Mountains Partnership (DMP) has been established to improve the recreation potential of the public lands in the Dublin Mountains while balancing recreation with the other key objectives of the various land owning organisations.
The members of the DMP are Coillte, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC), the Dublin Mountains Initiative, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and South Dublin County Council.
Speaking at the event, Minister Ryan said:
“The Dublin Mountains are one of the greatest treasures in our city. In no other capital is it as easy to get out into the mountain air and away from it all. We have to protect and develop this asset in a way that best serves everyone’s interest. I am very pleased to launch the Dublin Mountains Partnership and as a local representative, I will do everything I can to make sure it works well.”
Also speaking at the event, Richard Cremins from DLRCC said:
“This initiative brings together the key stakeholders to address the many issues faced by forest and other land managers in managing access to lands for recreation on the urban fringe. The Partnership has agreed a management structure which will include staff and volunteers and has set out a ten year vision and plan of action to improve the facilities and manage recreation and other uses of the area. The project also seeks to tackle anti-social and unauthorised use of land through a range of programmes from the promotion of the Leave No Trace message to a volunteer ranger scheme.”
The DMP will be upgrading trails, improving signage, working to improve public transport links and tackling anti social behaviour such as dumping. The work on the ground of the partnership will be headed up by the Dublin Mountains Recreation Manager who has just been appointed.
For more information see www.dublinmountains.ie