Many activities have now started in the project LIFE Forest Fit for Future. A number of stands have been designated for monitoring, experiences have been gathered from practitioners and we have held the first workshops for the project partners and have met with great enthusiasm.
The project started in September 2020 and since then there has been intense work on initiating a number of activities. However, before the work of converting conifer plantations to more diverse forests according to the principles of close-to-nature forestry can be started, a number of preparatory conditions must be in place.
Stands where the conversion work is to be carried out have been designated and a collection of existing practical knowledge within close-to-nature forestry has been summarized in a best practice manual. The manual describes the experiences a number of practitioners have gained within the last 10-15 years - both good and bad - and is built around the conversion models and models for quality improvement of stands that the project will work with. The manual will be available on the project's website, www.LIFEForfit.dk, in the autumn, and will be continuously expanded with the new experiences gathered in the project.
A very important part of LIFE Forfit is to systematically gather knowledge on a large number of parameters - and ensure the possibility of repetition of this in order to detect and demonstrate developments. Therefore, from the beginning of the project, stands have been designated, which must be included in the monitoring program throughout the project's 8-year period. The majority of the 200 monitoring plots have now been designated. Some of these will also be followed after the end of the project. In a number of previously converted stands, data has been collected on a number of the same parameters for use as a baseline in the conversion manual.
The practical experiences that the project partners so far have gained in the field of conversion to close-to-nature forestry, afforestation and wildlife damage management, have been presented and lively discussed at workshops held in the spring. The great commitment and desire to discuss these workshops shows a great interest among the project partners to jointly become wiser about methods and concrete actions within the close-to-nature forestry concept.