Soili Haikarainen, Saija Huuskonen and Johanna Routa from the Natural Resources Institute (Luke), Finland, examine the benefits of carrying out juvenile stand management practices to secure the stand’s future, based on a recent research paper published in Forests.
content related to WP2
Key TECH4EFFECT report is released involving 20 partners from science and industry pointing to alternative managerial solutions, knowledge to tackle climate change challenges.
In the first study of its kind, TECH4EFFECT partners reveal that energy-recuperating, slack-pulling carriages in cable yarding have the potential to improve profit margins.
T4E partner, Luke, publishes research paper in the European Journal of Forest Research.
Johanna Routa from TECH4EFFECT partner LUKE Finland and two of her colleagues – Yrjö Nuutinen and Antti Asikainen – recently published a study on a comparison of the productivity of mechanized tending with the Cutlink device to manual tending in spruce seedling stands in central Finland.
For this publication “Productivity in Mechanizing Early Tending in Spruce Seedling Stands” the productivity, fuel consumption and quality of seedling stands after pre-commercial thinning were measured.
Routa J., Nuutinen Y. and A. Asikainen
Productivity in Mechanizing Early Tending in Spruce Seedling Stands
Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering (CROJFE), 2019
Volume 40, issue 1, pages 1-10
The aim of this study by Routa et al. from LUKE was to examine how intensified silviculture affects timber production and its economic profitability based on forest ecosystem model simulations. The study was conducted on Norway spruce and Scots pine stands located on medium-fertile upland forest sites under middle boreal conditions in Finland, under current climate and minor climate change.
Read about the results in their publication, which is now available open access:
Partners from SGGW visited case study areas for the silvicultural work package (WP2) in the Polanów Forest District to identify most productive silvicultural systems, techniques and technologies and assess them.
This State Forest District is located in the northern part of Poland, with about 91,000 m3 of wood harvested annually, mainly pine, beech, spruce and birch. The field meeting was a great opportunity to interact with the local state foresters and owners of private forest companies. Possibilities of improvements in the efficiency of forest operations with regards to socio-economic changes occurring in Poland were discussed. One of the phenomena that need to be faced is a lack of labour force. Details like comparison of manual thinning (chainsaw and tractor/skidder) and thinning with machinery (forwarder and harvester) from an economic point of view and efficiency in different site conditions were also discussed.
Read the full report at the Polanów State Forest district web page (in Polish):
The silviculture work package (WP2) focuses on the optimization of the access to wood resources. This goal involves two main aspects:
- The evaluation of appropriate silvicultural operations, and
- The application of appropriate harvesting techniques – aiming at the promotion of mechanized systems wherever possible.
Appropriate silvicultural measures are principally intended to increase wood production, maintain the biodiversity and resilience but also to enable and facilitate the use of efficient silvicultural and harvesting operations. The development of methods for increasing the wood production and optimizing the interface between harvesting technology and silvicultural procedures is the research emphasis of this work package.
- 30 June – 3 July 2021, KWF-Tagung, Schwarzenborn/ Germany1. March 2021 - 9:26
- 22-24 September 2020, Forest Operations for the Future Conference, Helsingør25. May 2020 - 13:00
- Event report – T4E presents at biomass heating fair Progetto Fuoco20. April 2020 - 13:16
- 3-5 June 2020, TEUFOR, Kraków/Poland26. March 2020 - 12:19