Extraction of energy wood in the forest management process

The training program has been developed within the Baltic ForBio project.

1. Training program for forest owners

2 Training program for entrepreneurs related to forestry

Baltic ForBio is an EU-funded project to increase renewable energy production, improve the institutional capacity of public authorities and relevant organizations, and promote logging and the use of logging residues.

Countries involved in the project: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden.


Training program for entrepreneurs related  to forestry

This program gave been created within the Baltic ForBio project. At present, a significant part of the forest biomass used for energy purposes comes from by-products of the wood-based industry, recycled wood, and firewood used by households. But nowadays energy wood production has been discussed more and more, because it has a potential for future, for instance, replacing fossil fuels for heating and producing energy in larger or smaller power plants. Forest harvests produce huge amounts of residues, of which a large share could be used for energy purposes but are currently left in forests due to economic and ecological reasons. There is enormous potential in tackling the increasing demand for forest bioenergy by increasing the harvest of logging residues and small trees in pre-commercial thinning.

Entrepreneurs related to forestry in these two days will be provided with theoretical and practical knowledge where each person can learn by themselves in an online system. For the practical part, they will be provided face-to-face training – going to the field and seeing the process in the forest.

Training program for forest owners

This program has been created within the Baltic ForBio project. At present, a significant part of the forest biomass used for energy purposes comes from by-products of the wood-based industry, recycled wood, and firewood used by households. But nowadays energy wood production has been discussed more and more, because it has a potential for future, for instance, replacing fossil fuels for heating and producing energy in larger or smaller power plants. Forest harvests produce huge amounts of residues, of which a large share could be used for energy purposes but are currently left in forests due to economic and ecological reasons. There is enormous potential in tackling the increasing demand for forest bioenergy by increasing the harvest of logging residues and small trees in pre-commercial thinning.

Forest owners in these two days will be provided with theoretical and practical knowledge where each person's theory can learn by themselves in an online system. For the practical part, they will be offered face-to-face training in the field and see the process in the forest.

The theoretical materials are based on looking more into the energy wood types and their availability and preparing them more effectively in pre – commercial and commercial thinning and final felling. It is also necessary to learn about energy wood demand in the local and global markets to see how profitable it could be, for instance, how to extract small tree dimensions from forest stands and realize it for other materials like wood chips. In the practical part, forest owners will go into the forest with knowledgeable lectors. They will teach how to estimate energy wood volume at the stand level. They will have planned forestry activities such as producing logging residues, surveying small dimension trees, and shrubs in roadside landing.