Forest Group of the Finnish Board on Ecological Restoration
The Finnish Expert Group for Forest Restoration was established as a part of the Finnish Board on Ecological Restoration (FBER). The FBER Forest Group concentrates on issues related to ecological management and restoration of forests in protected areas.
By ecological management of forests we refer to maintaining special habitats like herb-rich forests or sunlit esker forests as suitable habitats for particular species requiring protection. Ecological restoration of forests, in turn, aims at recreating structural and other conditions of forests as close as possible to the natural state that prevailed before the forest was utilized for wood production.
FBER Forest Group
- designs monitoring schemes for the ecological effects of restoration and ecological management of forests
- promotes the connection between research and practical management related to forest restoration
- formulates guidelines for restoration and ecological management of forests
- provides expert knowledge on forest restoration
- organizes courses and seminars on restoration and ecological management of forests.
The group members are experts of forest restoration in their organizations:
- Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland: Kaisa Junninen (chair), Maarit Similä, Päivi Virnes, Mika Puustinen, Kaija Eisto, Rauli Perkiö
- University of Jyväskylä: Atte Komonen, Panu Halme
- University of Eastern Finland: Jari Kouki
- HAMK University of Applied Sciences: Henrik Lindberg
- Finnish Environment Institute: Pekka Punttila
- Natural Resources Institute Finland: Juha Siitonen
- Finnish Forest Centre: Seppo Ollikainen
- Tapio Group: Lauri Saaristo
- Ministry of the Environment: Maarit Loiskekoski (Aulikki Alanen)
- Ministry of Acriculture and Forestry: Ville Schildt (Katja Matveinen)
The group has designed monitoring schemes for effects of
- artificial creation of dead wood
- opening small canopy gaps in younger forests
- removal of spruce from herb-rich forests, and
- management of sunlit habitats.
The group meets 2–4 times a year. One of the meetings is usually a field excursion.
Contact information: Conservation biologist Kaisa Junninen, Parks & Wildlife Finland, tel. +350-40-5930308, e-mail kaisa.junninen(at)metsa.fi
The group has compiled a guide for forest habitat restoration and management which was published in Finnish in 2011. One year later, a shortened version of this extensive guide was published in English with the title of Ecological restoration and management in boreal forests – best practices from Finland (julkaisut.metsa.fi).
Instructions for monitoring restored forests and peatlands and sun-exposed esker forest habitats. Hyvärinen, E. & Aapala, K. (eds.) 2009. In Finnish with abstract in English: Metsien ja soiden ennallistamisen sekä harjumetsien paahdeympäristöjen hoidon seurantaohje. Metsähallituksen luonnonsuojelujulkaisuja. Sarja B 118. (pdf, 4.9 Mb, julkaisut.metsa.fi)