Kannus research forests are situated in the environs of Vaasa and the Central Ostrobothnia region. Research focuses on the cultivation of trees, the ramifications of energy wood harvesting, the nutrient economy and regeneration of peatland forests, and the special features of coastal forests.

Visitors are welcome to familiarise themselves with the trial activities on the Mannila research trail and observation sites for energy wood harvesting. Other interesting sites include the arboretum and the tar-burning pit.

Mukuraharmaaleppä ja Antti W, kuva EHeino-kannus-rajattu
Alnus incana f. gibberlii. Photo: Esa Heino.

Lehtoranta arboretum and tar-burning pit

The arboretum includes several varieties of pine, spruce and fir, common alder, Norway maple, white elm, crack willow  Salix fragilis ‘Bullata’, Finnish whitebeam and the special variety of grey alder, Alnus incana f. gibberosa. Lehtoranta is situated on the River Lestijoki, approximately four kilometres from Kannus towards Himanka. The park features a tar-burning pit, which was used for burning tar in June 2000.

Mannila research trail and energy wood observation sites

In 1988, two observation sites focussing on the cultivation and regeneration of downy birch stands were established in Mannila, to demonstrate the different methods of regeneration these on peatland. An experimental site of paludal forest thinning is also situated along the trail.

The energy wood observation sites demonstrate various energy wood harvesting methods and their impacts on the forest’s timber production capabilities. Most of the observation sites are situated in the environs of Kannus. The observation sites are equipped with information boards, the material for which is available for downloading online.

Click the link below to open a map. On its left column, click on ‘Kannuksen tutkimusalue’ to view the location of the forest:

Picture on top of the page: Erkki Oksanen, Luke