We take a long-term approach to the management of our forests with an ambition to both produce more high-quality renewable raw materials and to preserve and develop the forest's other assets. The aim of our forest management is to have at least as much timber, biodiversity and nature experiences in our forests in the future as we have today.
The trees we harvest are fully used, as raw material for wood products, pulp and paper and as energy. Each tree we harvest is replaced by at least three new trees, through planting, sowing or natural rejuvenation.
Growth in our forests is far higher than harvesting. In the past fifty years, the volume of living, growing trees, has increased by 50% and the level of sustainable harvesting has more than doubled.
Growing trees bind carbon dioxide. Through photosynthesis, they use carbon dioxide in the air to build wood fiber. As growth is higher than harvesting in our forests, we bind more and more carbon dioxide and thereby combat climate changes. In this way, we bind four million tons of carbon dioxide, net, each year. This is eight-times more than the total emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil sources for the entire business, from production of seedlings to the delivery of products to our customers.
100 million seedlings
Our Bogrundet nursery, with its satellite Wifstamon, is the largest nursery in the world with a capacity to produce more than 100 million seedlings per year. Nearly half of the seedlings we produce are used in our own forests, the remainder are sold to other forest owners in northern Sweden.
We produce spruce, pine and contorta pine seedlings. The latter is a Canadian species of pine than grows 40% faster than Swedish softwood species and provides a valuable addition of renewable raw materials. Depending on the tree species and where the tree is growing, it takes between 60 and 120 years from one forest generation to the next.
Welcome to our forests!
Everyone is welcome to our forests. Come and hike, pick berries and mushrooms or simply enjoy the calm atmosphere of the forest.
Feel free to visit one of our five conservation parks. These parks are larger connected forest areas that we manage to benefit sensitive flora and fauna and to highlight cultural heritage and recreation values.
Hunting and fishing
Hunting plays an important role in managing our forests. Responsible hunting is needed to avoid forest damage and to benefit biodiversity. We offer hunting privileges to thousands of hunters each year. Our forests also contain many fishing waters.