Research and Development
Metsähallitus Forestry unit invests annually about one percent of its turnover in research and development. Forestry does a plenty of internal R&D work: studying, innovating and adopting new technologies, methods or practices. In addition, there is co-operation with research institutes as necessary. Forestry also regularly offers a few interesting thesis topics that students can apply for.
R&D projects mainly deal with three subjects: forest and environmental management, forest planning and wood supply. Current themes include silvicultural technology, forest inventory based on laser scanning as well as timber harvesting and transport solutions for peatlands. In the last few years, a key focus of R&D has been on issues related to biomass harvesting for energy.
Forestry unit is continuously running dozens of different projects, some of which are joint projects with other actors. When selecting new projects to implement Metsähallitus considers their risks, urgency and significance in terms of achieving its objectives. In recent years, we have also developed more transparent and innovative ways of seeking ideas and new R&D targets.