Some Projects from Stichting Robinia
Model example concerning profitable afforestation of agricultural land.
This project consists of a mixed forest of 15 ha, planted in 1998, north-east of Berlin, Germany.
This project serves as a pilot to show in practice that afforestation can be profitable and attractive in an ecological way.
Several wood species are planted of which robinia is the most important.
This tree has been planted for reasons of financial benefit.
The seven other wood species enlarge the ecological value of the forest considerably.
After the first harvest they will gradually replace the robinias.
Around the edge of the forest shrubs are planted that create a gradual transition to the surrounding fields.
This provides a good habitat for numerous insects and birds.
For reasons of adequately, the planting and management will be gradually delegated to local companies. For this knowledge transfer is necessary.
Professional circles show much interest in this project, which is evident from the requests for excursions.
Hungary, Ácsteszér Puszta Project
Integrated rural development project
The development of a state farm of 270 hectare, into an attractive ecological landscape by means of afforestation.
Wood species: native species (30%), with robinia as a temporary pioneer which will create a forest climate that will enable lasting species to grow. The harvesting of robinia will yield financial gain.
On the long term a more heterogeneous landscape will evolve, with forest, agriculture and other natural crossed by streams: an interesting area for visitors.
In this region the unemployment is substantial. Consequently the job opportunities which the project creates are important. Also firewood for energy supply belongs to the advantages.
The project will be certificated under FSC and/or PEFC. This merit distinguishes this project from other 'green' investment projects. Actually, the possibilities of financial participation of particulars in this project are being elaborated.
Demonstration forest for the 'forest-to-wood' chain
The 'forest-to-wood' chain definitely exists but is not visible. Thousands of experts are active in their own field and are aware that they are part of a chain but without fully understanding of their role in a process. However, the final product always ends up with the consumer who also has a restricted idea of how that product was developed.
The project Flevohout will make the forest-to-wood chain visible This demonstration forest is situated in the center of the Netherlands and covers 60 ha.
The first trees has been planted in the year 2000. Some 30 tree species are selected on the basis of their potential commercial validity. In the forest different management types are made visible, such as, biomassproduction, agroforestry, short rotation systems, long rotation systems, plantations, etc.
In the year 2008, when the trees are tall enough to form a forest, a information point will be opened.
It will serve as an information centre for the wood sector, the government, and consumers to show the usefulness of sustainable wood production and wood use.
Companies and craftsman representing the links of the 'forest-to-wood' will find a permanent place in this building.
The participating partners are
Forest Partnership Concept
Afforestation as an instrument for filling in bonds between towns.
The Forest Partnership Concept is developed by Stichting Robinia to arrange financial support to create new forests in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, while the Western European partners will receive the products of these forests.
The society's request for forest functions is supported by available financial powers.
Within existing partnership bonds of for example towns or provinces, investors will be found who will contribute their capital to create forests for a reasonable return rate.
All relevant (local) parties will be involved in the creative process of designing forest to create a forest that is in all senses sustainable.
The FPC can contribute to the exchange of knowledge of wood and wood applications, and strengthen the bounds between the partners.
Regional Wood Cycle Plan
An instrument for private and non-private landowners in order to streamline the wood flows in a sustainable manner.
Every municipality or local governmental department uses wood and plants trees in parks or along streets. Most (semi)public forest owners also manage their own forests or parks for recreational purposes.
However often the link has not been made to the possibility of growing one's own wood supply in combination with ornamental , ecological and recreational functions.
This Regional Wood Cycle Plan endeavours to connect supply and demand for timber and wood products within a region. The improvement of the regional wood cycle will create benefits for the environment and employment.
This plan has already been tested in different municipalities in the Netherlands. The Dutch ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Fishery has supported this testing phase.
The regional wood cycle plan is now being adapted for further possibilities within other municipalities or with other landowners, with an eye for sustainability.
Certification and guarantees
Stichting Robinia controls and prepares certification of the management and development of plantations for various organizations, mainly investment companies.
Every year the plantations are visited and the growth and quality are controlled.
The gathered data are used to make the management plan for the coming year(s).
The results can also be used for the estimation of the amount of CO2 that is fixated in the plantations.
Growth and utilization reportseries
Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) in the Netherlands
The robinia is a widespread species that is mainly found in a variety of forms as an ornamental tree in parks, gardens and along roadways. It has also been planted in the hilly areas for the prevention of erosion. The wood from the usually crooked trunk was formerly used for many purposes but is nowadays mostly replaced by chemical pressured wood or tropical wood. Nevertheless, there are many products that are commercially viable today. This study attempts to sum up all the current advantages and disadvantages of growing robinia wood and marketing robinia products in the Netherlands.
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