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Elmia and DLG are starting a joint venture to establish a forestry fair in Romania. To be called Forest Romania, the fair will exhibit machines and technology in operation and will be held for the first time 16 - 18 September 2015. Elmia in Jönköping organises the world’s leading forestry fair, Elmia Wood. DLG in Germany organises the world’s leading agricultural fair, Agritechnica, plus other agricultural fairs in several countries.“We want to establish this meeting place to help international manufacturers gain a strong foothold in this interesting market when the mechanisation of forestry operations really takes off,” explains Torbjörn Johnsen of Elmia. “But of course it will also be an important gathering place for everyone who works in the Romanian forest industry.”
Romania is the largest forestry nation in southeast Europe but some of its neighbours such as Ukraine also have sizeable forest resources. The region as a whole has high timber values but a low level of mechanisation. The work force is still inexpensive and felling is currently done using chain saws, simple tractors and skidders. Significant volumes are even skidded out with horses. Although a lot of the standing timber is still owned by the central and municipal governments, all logging work is now done by private independent contractors or timber buyers. The annual permitted felling volume is about 18 million cubic metres.
The fair will be located in the heart of Romania’s most densely forested region, near the city of Brașov in Transylvania. The forest administration in Tărlungeni (Ocolul Silvic Ciucaş RA) is providing a good site which is equipped with excellent logistics and features forest conditions that well reflect those of Romania as a whole.
“This must be the European country with the toughest logging conditions you can imagine,” says Reiner Hofmann of DLG. “Steep terrain, large stems and a sparse network of forest roads place tough demands on technology and machines.
“Forest Romania will not be a fair for the broad mass of products and companies but rather only for companies that can offer solutions which work here,” he adds, mentioning as examples harvesters and forwarders suitable for steep terrain and modern skidders and cable systems.
The fair will be a joint venture between Elmia and DLG in which DLG’s Romanian subsidiary DLG InterMarketing will take care of the local arrangements whilst Elmia’s and DLG’s forestry specialists are responsible for the concept and contents.
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The site of Forest Romania 2015 is typical of Romania, with steep terrain and large stems. Alexandru Jica from the forest administration in Ciucaş, Oividu Ionescu from Transilvania University of Brașov, Bogdan Eftimie from the forest administration, Torbjörn Johnsen of Elmia, Corina Mares of DLG InterMarketing and Eugen Comşa from the forest administration are planning Romania’s first demo fair out in the forest.
Video - Ecophysiology & species silvics for successful stand rehabilitation. Part 2. Presentation by Steve Grossnickle
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Steven Grossnickle, forest ecophysiologist for NurseryToForest Solutions, talks about the importance of giving consideration to ecophysiology and silvics when aiming for successful stand rehabilitation after a Mountain Pine Beetle attack.
He discusses several factors that impact tree growth, such as air temperature and leaf drop, and what happens to the seedling around the air/soil interface, as well as seasonal response to drought. It is important to be aware that sometimes forestry solutions work, but sometimes they won’t and that is because something in this complex ecosystem is causing a limitation and the trick is to figure out what that is.
Mountain Pine Beetle attacked sites have a stand structure with a wide array of environmental conditions, and silviculture practices have a direct influence on the site environment, thereby affecting: crop physiological response, and subsequent morphological development. This presentation was a part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum, April 2014.Related Content: Video - Ecophysiology & species silvics for successful stand rehabilitation. Part 1. Presentation by Steve GrossnickleFRI Subject Area: Forest ManagementReclamation and RemediationInsect InfestationsDisplay on Maps: