Restoration Work by the Boreal Peatland LIFE Project
Planning and training are keys to successful peatland restoration
Before the restoration, detailed information was gathered about the nature of the site through field checks and old aerial photos, which show the landscape of the mire before the ditching. Experienced specialists then carefully planned the measures.The restoration plans were drafted for the project areas during the first years of the project.
Metsähallitus has organised training sessions on restoration measures and methods for forest workers also during previous LIFE projects e.g. in Boreal Forest LIFE. Boreal Peatland LIFE included restoration trainings for all people involved in the restoration chain from planning officers and conservation specialists to practical workers to disseminate up-to-date information on restoration methods.
Management plans are often needed to secure the natural values of conservation areas. The plans aim to combine the land use, recreational use and nature conservation in a way that enables the maintenance or leads to the increase of the natural values of the area.
The management plans are made by professionals and the plans include at least the following information:
- up-to-date information on the conditions of the area as well as historical and current land use
- general and detailed objectives for the area and actions needed for reaching the objectives
- resources needed for implementation of the actions
- analysis on the possible effects of the actions on habitat types and species of the area.
Management plans were made for three project areas in Central Finland by the ELY Centre for Central Finland in close co-operation with local stakeholders.
- Guidebook: Ecological restoration in drained peatlands – best practises form Finland (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
- Layman´s report: Boreal Peatland LIFE Project –Working for the Finnish Peatlandsm (julkaisut.metsa.fi)