Careful planning keeps wood supplies on track
Mother Nature is once again making harvesting conditions difficult, but detailed planning, communication and hard work are ensuring we minimise the impact.
Mild weather during the autumn and winter has impacted harvesting operations in some parts of Södra’s forest estates. However, harvesting operations are being focused on land where the soil is compacted enough to bear the load of trucks and machinery without damage. Wherever possible, we are choosing tracks that are close to major road networks to minimise driving on forest roads - and wood supplies to our mills are still on schedule as a result.
“The weather in recent months has affected hauling conditions and the harvesting rate in some places. However, due to effective planning, high mill stocks and balanced roadside stocks, wood deliveries to the mills remain stable,” said Sofia Petersson, Wood Supply Manager, Södra Skog.
“We have faced major challenges during the autumn and winter period. At the same time as prioritising spruce bark beetle areas, we now also have to take soil compaction/load-bearing capacity into account. Our contractors are currently doing a great job in the forest and complying with our soil protection guarantee,” she added.