Forestry

The unique forest in the archipelago is worthy of preservation. The Archipelago Foundation works mainly with small-scale methods, in which the forestry benefits the development of the forest.

The archipelago forest is an almost entirely cultural forest. The Archipelago Foundation aspires to carry out small-scale forestry, and that the forest is to be one with trees of different ages and different species. The purpose of forestry is to create forestland that is of interest for animal and plant life, and in this way also for visitors, while at the same time preserving the old features of traditional archipelago forestry.

Felling takes place in the reserves of the Foundation in order to care for the forest and benefit the natural world, outdoor leisure activities and wildlife. Certain areas of old forest are left to develop undisturbed. The forest is grazed as far as possible by grazing animals from the Foundation farms. Felling is often small-scale, and horse-drawn transport is sometimes used to remove the timber, rather than machines that can cause harm.

All of the Foundation lands are nature reserves and are governed by care plans, with detailed regulations about how the land is to be managed. Clearance takes place around arable land and meadowland in order to recreate and retain the varying cultivated landscape that is a feature of the archipelago.