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Forest days became an important part of the work to spread information about the association and the importance of the proper management of the forests.

The first forest-owner association was formed in Halland in 1913. County associations soon followed in Skaraborg, Kalmar and Kronoberg. In 1926, a number of county associations were merged and the Småland forest-owner association was formed.

The associations focused on raising awareness of and spreading knowledge about the forests. They arranged excursions that were written about in the local press.

Forest excursions.

Originally non-profit organisations, they were run by enthusiasts who cooperated with county chief foresters. Their activities centred around information about the importance of forest management. “Well-managed forests will provide an income,” was their motto.

“Forest days” were arranged to educate and schoolchildren were given the job of replanting trees on clear-cut areas. The Småland forest-owner association started a newspaper (The forest owner) and wrote lots of articles about forest management. The newspaper also became an important voice for encouraging forest farmers to join a forest-owner association.

Alongside voluntary involvement, economic considerations were also important. So a second stage of development became to promote economic viability. The small-scale forest owners were unable to influence the price of their products – it was a buyer’s market. Pulp mills, in particular, had formed cartels to keep prices down. But by joining forces in a forest-owner association, the forest owners were able to make themselves heard and more able to influence their prices.