Bergvik Skog’s forests have been managed for several hundred years. We therefore work with restorative actions that can recreate different types of forest habitats that are otherwise uncommon in the forest today.
There are different types of restorative actions; one example is the programs for endangered species. Bergvik Skog actively participates in action programs for the conservation of endangered species undertaken either by non-profit organizations or authorities. The participation includes managing areas with a special focus to promote the identified species. Applied management generally has beneficial effects for several other species with similar habitat requirements. Bergvik Skog has programs for the White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), the Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis), the Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae), and a rare long-horned pine wood living beetle (Tragosoma depsarium).
Fire is one of the most important natural disturbance in the coniferous forests of Sweden and other forests in the circumpolar boreal region. Since fires have been effectively stopped historically to protect human beings, there are many endangered forest species today that are adapted to periodic fires. Such species require restorative actions to survive. Restorative burning is an effective action to recreate the structural composition of a naturally burnt forest with for example dead trees and charred trees. Bergvik Skog annually burn about 300 to 800 hectares of forest land, both forest clearings and at times standing forest. It is also possible to mimic the result of a fire by actively injuring trees or recreating dead wood at logging. Together with other stakeholders Bergvik Skog participates in research project that aim at developing methods that mimics the effect of fires.