Mechanization is common in Swedish forestry, particularly in activities relating to thinning, final felling and soil preparation. However, seedlings are still mostly planted using manual methods. Despite many trials, mechanized planting has yet to make a breakthrough in Swedish forestry. In our latest deliverable EFFORTE D2.2 Site preparation adjusted for mechanised planting we present results from a study aimed at developing continual inverse soil preparation method. In the study, three soil preparation machines were compared in terms of soil disturbance as well as number and quality of planting spots.

In another recently published deliverable EFFORTE D4.3 Organizing training courses and gentle forestry we present national and international trainings, workshops and other events organized in EFFORTE, in all participating countries.

EFFORTE field trip to Kuru, Finland in October 2017.