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In Finland, after clear-cutting a forest area, crews use heavy machinery to “rake” or gather tree harvesting residues, tree roots and other material into huge piles. The biomass is then chipped onsite after it has dried up sufficiently, and chips are hauled to local heat-producing plants to generate warmth for local residents.

In addition, throughout the clear-cut area, crews heavily till the soil so that a fire cannot move easily into or through the clear-cut area. This harvesting policy is motivated by the idea that clear-cutting mimics wildfires in pristine forests. Wildfires start a new succession: a new generation of trees in forests. Cutting does too, but without destroying soils and soil organisms the way raging fires do.

When the new succession has started in the previously clear-cut forest, Finnish law requires thinning operations around the best remaining trees, and accumulating biomass is again removed from time to time from these young forests. This again lessens the probability of uncontrolled wild fires, while allowing the strongest, healthiest trees to grow more fully in less confined spaces and with improved access to water, sunlight and nutrients.



It appears that Finland has much better forestry practices than the US federal and state governments. The US forestry management services used to be quite good. Today, they are terrible.

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Apparently Finland Does "Rake" Forests For Fire Prevention 360 Race Jackson 16-Dec-18 23:39
Re: Apparently Finland Does "Rake" Forests For Fire Prevention 98 Audrey 17-Dec-18 06:16
Confucius say... 86 Buck 45 17-Dec-18 09:11
Re: Confucius say... 81 Audrey 18-Dec-18 00:14
Re: Confucius say... 74 Jock 18-Dec-18 01:10
Can't see the forest through the trees XD 81 Buck 45 18-Dec-18 03:10
Brow beat 62 calisurfer30 19-Dec-18 00:15
Sounds about right 52 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 06:14
Re: Can't see the forest through the trees XD 56 Audrey 19-Dec-18 05:19
#OrangeManBad 58 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 05:59
Re: #OrangeManBad 59 Warwick 19-Dec-18 09:12
Yup 51 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 19:55
Re: Yup 52 Warwick 19-Dec-18 20:10
Agreed (n/t) 66 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 22:28
Re: Yup 48 Audrey 20-Dec-18 04:04
Re: Yup 43 Warwick 20-Dec-18 06:44
Re: #OrangeManBad 52 Audrey 20-Dec-18 03:55
You make us laugh XD 54 Buck 45 20-Dec-18 06:29
Re: You make us laugh XD 50 Brian Patterson 20-Dec-18 06:36
Fram oil 85 Buck 45 20-Dec-18 06:59
Re: #OrangeManBad 46 Warwick 20-Dec-18 06:48


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