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July 1-4 2020, KWF-Tagung, Schwarzenborn,Germany

In July 2020 the 18th edition of the KWF meeting with the title “Forstwirtschaft erleben” (Englisch: “Experience forestry management”) will take place in Schwarzenborn/Germany. Once again presentations, info booths, live demonstrations, excursions and many more activities will take place to give visitors a fantastic peek into forestry management.

As in previous years, several TECH4FFECT partners will be present to showcase their research and discuss TECH4EFFECT results. Stay in touch to find out more about this upcoming event – consider signing up for our TECH4EFFECT newsletter!

 

New publication out now! Productivity in Mechanizing Early Tending in Spruce Seedling Stands

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.

 

 

You can find the full article on the website of the Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering (CROJFE) or as PDF on our website!

 

 

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

https://doi.org/10.5552/crojfe.2020.619

Event report – Forestalia 2019

October 26th and 27th the “Forestalia” fair was held at the Piacenza Expo (Italy). On the 26th CONAIBO and CNR, the Italian Research Council, jointly organized a workshop for the Italian forestry sector titled “Forest mechanization in the new Millennium: progress and precision tools for the Italian forest enterprises“.

Introductions, presentations and a live demonstration 

The workshop agenda included an introduction by representatives of the regional and national sector association, including the National President of the main national forest owners’ association, Mr. Caliari (for Federforeste), the National President of the largest farmer’s association, Mr. Coldiretti, and the local representative of another important farmer’s association, Dr. Comellini (for Confagricoltura).

This session was followed by the presentations on the situation of Italian forest enterprises highlighting some best practice examples by Marco Baldini, the President of Piacenza Loggers’ Association and a CONAIBO member, Alberto Cadei, the CONAIBO Technical Director, and Raffaele Spinelli (CNR IBE).

Last part of the meeting was specifically devoted to TECH4EFFECT, with a presentation by Raffaele Spinelli offering a general view of the TECH4EFFECT project and its main results so far, and by Giulio Cosola (CONAIBO) giving a live demonstration of the SILVISMART Efficiency Portal named “SILVISMART Portal – concept, how it works and utility for forest enterprises”. These presentations were followed by an interactive workshop showing the SILVISMART Portal with a Q & A session. The meeting was very well received and attended by more than 100 interested parties from the area.

 

Some impression of Forestalia 2019 ((c) G. Cosola (CONAIBO) & CNR).

 

Conclusions of the Q & A with regional foresters

After the debate with foresters at the Forestalia 2019, the following six important conclusions can be made:

  • Push for a more thorough management of Italian forests as currently only about 30 % of the national wood increment is used.
  • Take advantage of the big economic and commercial potential (i. e. new employees, etc.) behind all of this uncut wood.
  • Recover the Italian forest production chain and make it more competitive in a increasing globalized system.
  • Improve forest and property legislation – since in Italy wide forest properties are abandoned creating a world of small forest properties, whose owner often live abroad, sometime don’t know how to actually own a forest overseas and/or simply don’t care about their property.
  • Improve the safety trainings for foresters.
  • Improve big data management to improve the efficiency of forest enterprises – SILVISMART can actually fill this gap if regional specifics are accounted for.

Some more impressions of Forestalia 2019 ((c) G. Cosola (CONAIBO) & CNR).