Invasive species – how they’re affecting the forest environment

Day one of Elmia Wood featured a seminar about invasive species and how they are affecting the forest environment. The speakers stressed how important it is that the general public becomes aware of how to help reduce the damage occurring in our forests. Ordinary individuals are having a great impact on the health of the forests.

Carina Keskitalo, professor at Umeå universitet spoke together with Dr Mariella Marzano at Forest Research and professor Jan Stenlid at SLU about invasive species

Carina Keskitalo, professor at the Department of Geography and Economic History at Umeå University, Dr Mariella Marzano of Forest Research, and Professor Jan Stenlid of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), spoke on the topic. Professor Keskitalo said how important it is to tell the public what they can do to help improve the forest environment.

“Many things need fixing to improve the forest environment but it’s difficult to tell the population at large about the problems that exist today,” she said.

Currently the Swedish government does not have the resources necessary to monitor the country’s forests, so we all need to help with the work to maintain the forests’ health. If you see something unusual on the trees in an area where you often walk or drive, don’t hesitate to report the damage.

How can you report damage to trees and forests?
If you are out in the forest and notice any damage you can report it to skogsskada.se. Your contribution will help to develop methods and strategies with the aim of reducing the risk of damage.

Published
6/7/2017
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Carina Keskitalo, professor at Umeå universitet spoke together with Dr Mariella Marzano at Forest Research and professor Jan Stenlid at SLU about invasive species
Carina Keskitalo, professor at Umeå universitet spoke together with Dr Mariella Marzano at Forest Research and professor Jan Stenlid at SLU about invasive species