The Swedish Forestry Model

The video in this post is of sustainable forest management – Swedish style. This 8 minute video profiles how the Swedes execute forestry management today.

The process generates not just high-quality raw wood material but also considerable biomass. This biomass is then converted into biofuel which presently accounts for about 26% of Sweden’s energy needs. And they expect that the biofuel contribution will only rise in the future.

“The Swedish forestry model is built on regenerating forests, so when the old forest is taken away a new forest is established. It is when the forest is young and middle aged that it grows most rapidly, hence absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By monitoring and using modern technology, forest experts identify trees that should be harvested and trees that should be left behind.”

The Swedish Forestry Model: Environmental Atlas of Europe is well-worth your next 8 minutes.


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