Norunda clear cut

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Clear cut in 2022

In winter 2022/23, the area ca 300 m around the main tower will be turned into a clear cut as the trees reached the age of harvesting long time ago. This gives a rather unique research opportunity in many aspects. We will carry on with our measurements but we would also like to invite other researchers to join us and carry out their own measurements during this interesting transition period.

The forest has been managed at least for the last 200 years. It is owned and managed by the common of the Norunda jurisdictional district (Norunda Härad).

About 100 years ago, a large area around the site was drained by ditching, which lowered the average water table. This increased forest productivity, but is likely to have accelerated the decomposition of soil organic matter, thus affecting the overall carbon balance.

The trees around the tower reached the age of harvesting long time ago. In 2022, an area of ca 80 ha around the main tower will be turned into a clear cut. This creates a rather unique research situation. Measurements from the last almost three decades of the forest's life cycle will be available by then, and we will monitor the start of a new life cycle of our forest.

Drawing of the Norunda forest with markings of the sectors and timing of the planned clear cut.
drawing of the Norunda forest with markings of the sectors and timing of the planned clear cut.