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Busy planting 48 million seedlings in northern Europe

It is the busiest time of the year in the northern hemisphere especially in the Nordic forest where this year Stora Enso will plant a total of more than 48 million tree seedlings in Finland, Sweden, Russia and Estonia. Source: Timberbiz

In northern forests, the planting season is typically about 150 days long, which means that, during this year’s planting season about 320 000 seedlings are planted every day.

Using cultivated plants and seeds, forests can grow as much as 20% faster than they would naturally. This means added value for forest owners and Stora Enso, as well as for nature and the climate.

In 2020, Stora Enso invested 68 million euros in forest growth.

In 2021, Stora Enso and Tornator are, together, planting 14 million seedlings in Finland. In Sweden, where Stora Enso owns approximately 1.4 million hectares of forest and where seedlings are delivered from Stora Enso’s own nurseries, the company is planting 33 million seedlings.

Russia follows, with approximately 850 000 plants in Carelia and 250 000 in Novgorod.

In Estonia, Stora Enso is planting around 31 000 seedlings in private forests.

“Properly timed and implemented forest management measures increase the growth and vitality of the forest. Therefore, we always strive to keep forests healthy while promoting biodiversity and other aspects of sustainable forestry. We want to ensure that our forests are fit for the future,” said Jari Suominen Executive Vice President, Forest Division.