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    Variety is the spice of life when it comes to forestry management


    2012 - 09.03

    There has been much discussion about the pros and cons of different aspects of forestry management over the years. From thinning to rotational lengths, there are a range of opinions that many in our industry like nothing more than to base a good discussion on. However, new research from Finland suggests that the secret to success may be adaptability – in other words, we’re all right!

    Timo Pukkala and Seppo Kellomäki of the University of Eastern Finland found that timber prices should affect the selection of species a forestry manager has in his plantation. Here at Forestry Investment Blog, we also believe that having a combination of different species, mixing species like Acacia and Eucalyptus, for example, helps to maximize returns for investors. We also think that ensuring forestry management techniques and strategies are adapted to suit both environmental and market conditions is vital.

    “The study showed what clever forest landowners already know,” Timo Pukkala stated. “When future round wood prices and uses are unknown, the landowner should continuously have several tree species and timber assortments in his forest. Growing only spruce in even-aged stands is risky business.”

    He concluded: “We hope that our study will promote diversified forest management, leading to diversified forest structures.”

    Greenwood Management’s plantations in Brazil and Canada are diversified and use the best possible models of forestry management to optimize the returns for investors.