Last EFFORTE Newsletter is now out!

Final newsletter of EFFORTE project is now out. Go and see, and share the best bits with your networks also! In this issue we tell about precision forestry and its benefits to forest industries, see some results of wheeling tests and share highlights of our Business Forum with you. You can find the newsletter here.

Topography, harvester data and air-borne laser scanning: better predictions of the site index and regeneration planning

Swedish forestry is undergoing large changes in order to meet increasing demands of renewable raw material as a substitute for fossil raw material. Increased forest production must go hand in hand with environmental and social aspects, which raises the question how production can be maximized in a sustainable way. There are several procedures to choose from to increase Swedish forest production, of which persistent long perspective silviculture is the traditional …

Mapping low productive wetlands and their adjacent wet forests with conservation values with remote sensing

A constant challenge for forestry is to identify areas with high conservation values, which require consideration during harvesting. Prior to each forestry measure, it is in Sweden the user’s responsibility to locate areas that need environmental consideration, so that the harvesting is carried out according to praxis, so-called freedom with responsibility. The decisions are often placed on one or a few people, although the trade-offs can be difficult if a …

Many tools, common goals: modern digital tools developed in EFFORTE can do a lot in the forest

As we know, forest operations can be made more environmentally friendly with different digital tools. The EFFORTE project has developed a bunch of these – see below the summary different types of tools we have developed and how can they help in operations. More detailed descriptions can be found from our recently published deliverables D4.5 Validation of developed tools for operational planning and D4.6 Validation of cost-effective and productive silviculture. …

Intriguing development with high expectations – precision silviculture is a potential future for Metsä Group

Metsä Group is one of the industrial partners of the EFFORTE project and an active participant in the development of precision silviculture. Its activities have been part of the thesis work conducted by Esko Häyrynen, a graduate student and operational supervisor. In his work, Esko focuses on the big data-based regeneration chain and the choices made in it. The purpose is to build a tool to support decision-making processes in …

What is boom-corridor thinning (BCT) and what added values could it bring to forestry?

Boom-corridor thinning (BCT) is a harvesting operation method that increases efficiency and cost-effectiveness by thinning strips in young dense stands of a defined size with boom-tip harvesting technology. Different boom corridor patterns and how they are applied give different degree of selective tree selection. For example, using a fan-shaped pattern (see Figure), “laid out” by the decision of the operator, will give higher degree of tree selection than of using …

Sharing knowledge and best practice across Europe means we can all continue to push innovation in harvesting says James Jones’ director

  James Jones & Sons is a Scottish, family-owned timber processing company and while it may have a long, 180-year-old history, it also has some fresh and innovative thoughts about harvesting. James Jones strengthen the EFFORTE team with their expertise in sustainable and environmentally friendly forestry and sawmilling in the UK. Strong cooperation between the company and research is much needed. Climate change is hitting the UK hard with instances …

Project coordinator Jori Uusitalo rewarded by Ponsse and Teollisuuden Metsänhoitajat 

Luke’s principal research scientist Jori Uusitalo has received two recognitions for his successful work related to harvesting. In March, Uusitalo was rewarded with Einarin lomppi –recognition reward for his work in predicting, modeling and controlling the wood raw material with advanced technology, in utilizing real time raw material and location information in wood harvesting and producing learning material of the field. The Einarin lomppi –recognition was invented by Einari Vidgren, the late founder of Ponsse. It has been granted since 2006 …

Finding suitable landing sites at cuttings with geodata

Finding suitable areas for landing sites can be challenging in forest operations. Skogforsk has in EFFORTE project developed a GIS model that shows suitable landing areas in adjacent to forest roads. The accuracy is up to 90% compared to recently used landings. Choosing a good location for the landing is an important part of the drive. The location must be where it is easy to unload and load wood products …

New results from soil preparation and a look to training courses – check out the latest EFFORTE deliverables!

Mechanization is common in Swedish forestry, particularly in activities relating to thinning, final felling and soil preparation. However, seedlings are still mostly planted using manual methods. Despite many trials, mechanized planting has yet to make a breakthrough in Swedish forestry. In our latest deliverable EFFORTE D2.2 Site preparation adjusted for mechanised planting we present results from a study aimed at developing continual inverse soil preparation method. In the study, three soil …