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On day two of the Stakeholder Dialogue we left the conference room and headed out into the Finnish countryside.

Getting out of the hotel and into the forest gave us the perfect opportunity to learn more about some of the advanced wood harvesting technologies currently leading the way in Finland.

We also got a first-hand introduction to family-owned and small-scale forestry in Finland, along with the management of PEFC group certification.

Not to mention enjoying the traditional food and culture of Finland!

In the forest

As the program came to a close on Thursday we jumped on a bus and headed into central Finland to the beautiful city of Jyväskylä.

Friday began in the forest as we continued to discover new and emerging technologies.

Around a bonfire, representatives from Forest Management Associations of Finland and the Sustainable Forest Management Association introduced us to sustainable forest management and regional group certification in Finland.

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We also got to see a demonstration of advanced wood logging technologies courtesy of Ponsse.

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In the mill

Then it was time to visit to the brand new Äänekoski mill, the first next-generation bioproduct mill Aanekoski mill in the world.

Totalling 1.2 billion EUR, the investment in Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill is the largest in the history of the Finnish forest industry.

Production at the mill is designed to be resource efficient. Annual pulp production in Äänekoski, which currently totals around 0.5 million tonnes, will increase to 1.3 million tonnes.

The bioproduct mill will diversify the structure of the Finnish forest economy and bioeconomy and expand their product selection through high-added-value products.

Photos of the field trip thanks to Sanna Kuitunen.