Taking a Long-term Perspective on Forests

Our forest is a legacy from previous generations – and what we do today affects our future. Ecological landscape planning is a method used to support forest owners in their long-term effort to safeguard biodiversity.

This means doing inventories in an area and mapping out which conservation values, for example how many old trees, deadwood, or broadleaf trees there are. Based on that information, the forest owner can apply the right measures in the right place. Those can be thinning out spruce to allow more space for broadleaf trees or carrying out a nature conservation burning (a planned forest fire in a defined area) to create more opportunities for plants and animals.

"There has been a tremendous change over the last 20 years in terms of the environmental considerations we take, and we have significantly more knowledge today about managing forests," says Ola Kårén, Chief Forester at SCA.

Join Ola and his colleague Anna Cabrajic, forest ecologist, to the forests outside Sundsvall and hear their thoughts on the role of forests in the climate transition and the work they do to safeguard biodiversity.

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