Who would have guessed, that “raking your forest floors” is NOT a practice that has caught on in Finland, in spite of the president’s tall tales to the contrary?
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland talks about:
Sustainable forest management: “The purpose of forest legislation is to promote economically, ecologically and socially sustainable management and use of forests in order that they produce a good output in a sustainable way while their biodiversity is being preserved.”
Forestry practices in Finland: “In Finland forestry generally involves the management of small forest stands where trees are of a similar age. Such stands are managed according to a regeneration cycle extending from planting or natural regeneration to the final harvesting phase. Forests may be regenerated naturally, by leaving a few selected seed trees during final harvesting, or artificially, by sowing seeds or planting seedlings grown in tree nurseries. The aim is always to ensure the regeneration of a productive stand of a suitable tree species for the specific site within a reasonable time.”
And these “tidy keepers” of the Earth’s natural resources even talk about this science-based concept, as one of their priority goals for their expansive reaches of biodiversity …
Climate change mitigation
Forests are an important carbon sink. During the last decade the sink effect of Finland’s forests corresponded to 30–50 % of Finland’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The ability of forests to act as carbon sinks can be protected by ensuring appropriate and well timed management and regeneration of forests. Wood construction and wood products manufacture represent sustainable uses of natural resources and long-term carbon sequestration. Sustainable forest management, increased use of wood products, as well as increasing the share of wood based energy are good tools for climate change mitigation.
Adaptation to climate change
Climate change is expected to have a significant impact in Finland on the natural environment, the economy and society. Climate change is expected to lead to rising trends in both temperature and precipitation. In Finland, precipitation totals are expected to increase especially in winter. From the point of view of Finnish economy and society, extreme weather phenomena pose a more serious problem than gradual climatic change. Phenomena such as very warm or very cold periods, storms and floods, may be expected to increase in frequency and magnitude. Climate change is also expected to increase the occurrence of prevalence of heavy rain and shortening periods of snow and frost, which has significance also for forest management.
Who knew that Climate Change was impacting Finland too?
Well, everyone in the science-based and fact-based world — knew.
The residents of that world want action to dial back on our collective Carbon Footprints.
Not blame, not more procrastination excuses, and definitely not rakes!
Only an ill-informed know-it-all would think that we can ‘rake away’ those Footprints as if they were simply some crumbs on the kitchen floor.
Because that’s what “subarctic and boreal” residents of Finland are — busily NOT doing.
Just ask them. They’re hard at work on “Climate Mitigation” instead.
PS. That’s a LOT of Leaves. We’re gonna need a bigger rake.
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