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Forest regeneration

The productivity of regeneration may be improved

The applicability of quality management in the forest regeneration services for private forest owners in Finland was studied. Quality management was found to be one of the crucial elements in improving the state of young stands and increasing the productivity of the activities. Systematic feedback about the outcome of activities provided a sound starting point for tackling the main challenges of forest regeneration and for the adoption of best practices.

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Photo: Ville Kankaanhuhta

Changing operational environment and non-existent feedback as a challenge

At the end of 1990’s, signs of poor implementation of forest regeneration activities, delayed operations, and poor quality of young stands were observable in the privately-owned forests of Southern Finland. Furthermore, the demands for increasing the cost-efficiency and competitiveness of the services began to rise at the turn of the millennium.

Quality management and one of its main principles – systematic feedback based on field measurements – was proposed a solution for these challenges. UPM-Kymmene Corporation’s quality control system was set as a starting point for the quality management framework. Next the service processes were modelled, factors influencing the variation of the regenerations results and costs were analysed. Finally, the effect of quality management interventions on the activities of local Forest Owners’ Associations (FOAs) was studied through mail surveys.

Read more about the results of Ville Kankaanhuhta PhD thesis here.