Our company will join the project. What happens next?
– You will have access to istutapuita content such as logos and other imagery. In addition, our collaboration will be published on our website, explaining why your company wants to be involved in creating new forests. Here you can see other similar posts. The collaboration will also be published on our Social Media channels.
The trees you have purchased will be planted next spring or the following when we have received enough orders to make the plantings and cultivation of the area sensible to carry out.
Why is planting trees so important to the climate? Finland is already full of forests.
– In Finland, forestry used more than 80 million cubic metres of wood in 2020. The state of our forests today, in terms of carbon sinks, is not good at all. Increased felling puts pressure on the swift circular economy of a tree because as it reaches the ideal age in terms of carbon sinks, it is cut down to meet the demands of our forest industry.
What are the tangible benefits to the climate of planting trees?
– As a tree grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide into its biomass. Changes in land use and the consumption of fossil fuels are largely the causes that have dramatically altered the content of CO2 in our atmosphere, intensifying the greenhouse effect.
If the increase in carbon dioxide is not restrained, the global average temperatures will rise. Even the change of a couple of degrees may have devastating consequences. To the best of our knowledge, increasing the number of trees is the best way to mitigate global warming.
Which standards can prove that x amount of carbon can be compensated through istutapuita.fi?
– We are cooperating with Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and according to one of their reports, a tree planted in old peatlands will absorb an average of 600 kg of carbon dioxide in a hundred years.
Afforestation of wetlands promotes absorbing carbon in other ways as well: if old peatlands are not afforested, they will continuously release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Read more about the Karhusuo project.
What are the average annual CO2 emissions of a Finn?
– A Finn’s average carbon dioxide emissions are about 10,300kg. Housing accounts for an average of 33%, food for 20%, transport and tourism for 22% and other consumption for 25%.
Why do you plant trees specifically in old peatlands?
– By planting trees in old peatlands that have been retired from peat production, we get the best benefit in terms of the climate. Old peatlands continuously release carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. By fertilizing the area in question with wood ash, ground vegetation starts to grow on the peat layer, and tree seedlings thrive. The release of methane decreases and the trees begin to absorb carbon dioxide.
As the trees grow, they not only absorb the emissions of the peatland but above all the carbon dioxide that already exists in the atmosphere. The main benefit of the afforestation of peatlands is summarized in the following idea; In forestry, new trees are planted in place of cut down trees, while trees planted in peatlands do not replace old trees but establish an entirely new forest.
When are the seedlings planted on the peatlands?
– The seedlings are planted in the months of May and June and later, as well, during the summer / early autumn, if necessary.
What variety of trees are planted on the peatlands?
– Planted trees are essentially pine. Some of the peatlands may also be well suited for growing downy birch (Betula pubescens).
How do seedlings prosper on the peatlands?
– A peatland is at its best an excellent substrate. Residual peat is high in nitrogen but low in nutrients. Ash fertilization fixes the shortage of potassium and phosphorus, turning the soil rich in nutrients. Pine is the most commonly used variety in Finland when it comes to the afforestation of peatlands.
What happens to the trees in 100 years?
– The purpose of a reforested peatland is to serve as a thriving forest, a carbon sink. Nonetheless, we closely follow the industry research and will act accordingly in the future. It is possible that the future construction industry is focused on wood structures, where the trees continue their life as carbon sinks, for example in houses. Any further use of the trees should support carbon sinks and any revenue generated should be steered towards new afforestation projects.
Why does istutapuita.fi business exist?
– Istutapuita.fi was established to help people make an easy and significant contribution to mitigating climate change. Our goal is to raise awareness of influencing opportunities and help people to realize the current state of our climate. We want to step up the debate and inspire people to take action to improve the well-being of our climate.
Who owns the Karhusuo area and the future forest?
– Behind the Istutapuita.fi service is a company called Forest Gump Oy that owns the land and the forest created from the planted trees. In larger corporate cooperation cases, a suitable business model is agreed upon separately.
How will the forest be managed in the future?
– The forest will be managed in such fashion that its volume as a carbon sink is maximized.
Are the forests insured?
– Future forests are insured with standard forest insurances.
Is there a political connection to this project?
– There are no political connections. The project was based on the desire of two Christmas tree entrepreneurs to do their bit for nature.
Are natural plants growing in the area included in the afforestation?
– The acquired land will always have naturally growing seedlings, but their growth conditions are weak. By carrying out the necessary measures on the land, better growth conditions can be ensured for these seedlings. These seedlings will be a part of the afforestation of the area.