Early cleaning involves the removal of coppice

In early cleaning, broadleaved coppice hindering the growth of conifer seedlings is removed from the stand. Groups of conifer seedlings growing too close to each other may also be thinned. Early cleaning ensures the growth of seedlings and prevents the kind of damage to the growing stock that results from first thinning in an overly dense forest.

Early cleaning is performed when pine or spruce seedlings reach a height of approximately one metre, which is usually 4–8 years after planting. Early cleaning is usually not required in cultivated birch stands.

In early cleaning broadleaved trees that are taller than the conifers and that have sprouted from stumps or roots are removed. Those that have germinated from seed and are shorter than the conifer trees, especially silver birches, are left sparsely. The distance between trees must be at least one metre

Properly timed early cleaning is beneficial

In early cleaning, we apply a pricing model based on the difficulty of young stand management, which rewards the forest owner for timely forest management. It is possible to receive kemera subsidies for early cleaning. Our forest specialists can tell you more about subsidies, and they can also handle the related notifications and applications. We apply for all subsidies directly for the forest owner.