Finland 18th-24nd September 2017

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Programmes and dates for the NET Managing our Natural and Cultural Heritage Assets.

Programme in Finland

18th-24nd September 2017

This is the outline programme which will be implemented by Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)

Education and training. An overview of vocational education and training for a range of professions involved in forest management and conservation;

Wildlife and habitat conservation. Overview of strategies for conservation of a wide range of birds, especially capercaillie, and mammals; old growth forest reserves (long-term retention of selected forest stands).

Eco-tourism. Visits to several national parks and reserves, as well as farm-based eco-tourism.

Forest and wildlife research. Studies of wildlife, forest dynamics, alternative silvicultural systems.

Sustainable forestry. Policy and practice of sustainable forest management on both state and private land.

Conservation and Access.  Everyman’s Right

Game Management and Hunting. An insight into hunting practices and game management in Finland.

Sample programme.  This programme will adapt to the participants specific interests. We can include other topics or remove topics in which no-one is interested.

 Day 1

  1. Welcome and Orientation at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). Presentations and overview of forestry and environmental engineering degree programmes; Host: staff at TAMK.
  2. Visit to a woodland nature reserve in Tampere – the Pyynikki Esker (one of the largest such formations worldwide).

Day 2

  1. Introduction to game and habitat management at Evo (Hämeenlinna University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)) with visits to nearby forest research sites and wilderness areas at Evo and Laitila. Features of the visit included silvicultural systems, game management, old-growth forest stands, a capercaillie lek area and beaver dam.
  2. An introduction to nature conservation management at the Pirkanmaa Regional Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment..

Day 3

  1. Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, in Juupajoki (Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki). The focus is long-term research on peatland forestry and conservation; also a short tour of several Scots pine silvicultural trials..

Day 4

  1. Farm forestry and eco-tourism at Mäkelä Farm in Jäminkipohja,
  2. Helvetinjärvi National Park to view peatlands, mires, old growth reserves and gorges.

Day 5

  1. Capercaillie lek site followed by Puurijärvi-Isosuo National Park (wetland bird conservation – a Ramsar and Natura 2000 site)
  2. Visit to an active commercial forestry operation.

Day 6

  1. Seiteminen National Park (old growth forest, mires and recreational management). Presentation on Metsähallitus, the Finnish Forest and National Park Service at the National Park visitor centre..

Day 7

  1. A cultural day in Tampere.


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