Right now, there are open invitations to tender mechanical planting for the state managed forests in Finland and in Latvia. It demonstrates that the state forest managers are more concerned about increasing the quality of planting operations and their overall wood production. In Finland it has been studied by the Natural research centre that mechanically planted seedlings survive better compared to manually planted. Seedlings planted to freshly prepared ground have the best conditions to withstand the draught periods and competition edge to coming surrounding vegetation growth as well.
This spring it is also expected that the data produced with ASTA-system from the planted areas will be used by the Finnish Forest Centre to update Finland’s forest resource database.
Links to the tender invitations: