Forestry and Nature Day in Seinäjoki, Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland
Families who are forest owners or local forest and nature interested fans were invited to a forest and nature experience Saturday in the beginning of September 2019.
Forestry, nature and game management were topics of the day and they offer various possibilities for the use of forests.
Finnish Forest Center, the local Forest Owners´ Association, forest company MetsäGroup, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and a local Green Care Association were giving actual information of possibilities in forest management and products of forests as well peer supporting for private forest owners decisions.
Visitors could experience the view and the digital devices of a harvester by climbing into the cabin.
Timber company introduced a device with which a person could virtually experience the forest view or panorama after different kind of timber cuttings and forest managements.
The Green Care experts gave the change to learn about the nature´s healthy and healing impacts and experiences for the human body and soul.
Finland´s forestry land is 78 % of the total area and there are in addition to trees lots of wild animals. The Finnish Wildlife Agency advised the visitors on recognizing the animals and informed about the game keeping and hunting. Local food from the forest ecosystems like berries, mushrooms, wild herbs, different sorts of game meat and fishes were introduced as means of nutrition and as base of research projects of Seinäjoki University of Applied sciences.
The highlight was the clear nature trail built in the forest area. beside the trail there were guide and information signs of the nature. Fairytale huts delighted the children especially. Feelings aroused among the adults as well. Clear duckboards had been built across a swamp to help physically challenged users of the trails. The final point of the trail was a shelter with a campfire site and all visitors could make a brake and enjoy grilling sausages.
The atmosphere among the organisers and visitors of the nature day was very enjoyable and important. All operators together supported the visitors in finding their own relation with the forest through different experiences and opportunities.
Author: Pirkko Kivinen, Finland
Photos: from Pirkko – many thanks 🙂