Global Village :  The Official forums
For good-natured and mutually-respectful discussions of politics and current affairs. Soap-boxing and the promotion of extremist causes motivated by hate will not be tolerated by our moderators. 
Welcome! Log InRegister
See here.


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.

Options: ReplyQuote

Subject Views Written By Posted
Apparently Finland Does "Rake" Forests For Fire Prevention 771 Race Jackson 16-Dec-18 23:39
Re: Apparently Finland Does "Rake" Forests For Fire Prevention 380 Audrey 17-Dec-18 06:16
Confucius say... 200 Buck 45 17-Dec-18 09:11
Re: Confucius say... 205 Audrey 18-Dec-18 00:14
Re: Confucius say... 181 Jock 18-Dec-18 01:10
Can't see the forest through the trees XD 197 Buck 45 18-Dec-18 03:10
Brow beat 192 calisurfer30 19-Dec-18 00:15
Sounds about right 106 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 06:14
Re: Can't see the forest through the trees XD 109 Audrey 19-Dec-18 05:19
#OrangeManBad 123 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 05:59
Re: #OrangeManBad 107 Warwick 19-Dec-18 09:12
Yup 119 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 19:55
Re: Yup 109 Warwick 19-Dec-18 20:10
Agreed (n/t) 193 Buck 45 19-Dec-18 22:28
Re: Yup 120 Audrey 20-Dec-18 04:04
Re: Yup 101 Warwick 20-Dec-18 06:44
Re: #OrangeManBad 98 Audrey 20-Dec-18 03:55
You make us laugh XD 115 Buck 45 20-Dec-18 06:29
Re: You make us laugh XD 125 Brian Patterson 20-Dec-18 06:36
Fram oil 204 Buck 45 20-Dec-18 06:59
Re: #OrangeManBad 135 Warwick 20-Dec-18 06:48

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.