Wood mobilization in the Food valley region

The Food Valley wood mobilization pilot project was launched in early 2014 and ended in 2016. It was a regional project conducted in the Region Food Valley (located in the province of Gelderland). The project focused on the valorisation of wood from forestry and landscape maintenance. This combination was in itself a new element. The rationale behind this is that by combining these two landscape types, critical mass is achieved earlier, and harvesting is more cost-effective. The project focuses on increasing local supply from forest and landscape of a) low-quality wood chips for the regional project Bioenergy Valley to produce renewable heat for the city of Ede; b) high-quality wood chips for local small wood boilers; and c) roundwood for the production of wooden products. By bundling activities it was envisaged that the high costs of forest and landscape maintenance can be brought down, so that maintenance becomes viable again; especially for smaller plots. The project targeted the public and private forest owners in the Valley region, as well as owners of landscape elements such as municipalities and agro-nature associations. The central concept of the project was that by forming a collective, and through the increased coordination because of that, economies of scale could be attained, reducing costs for maintenance and harvesting which increase the economic viability of maintenance and harvesting operations.

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Contact: Patrick Reumermann

Email: reumerman@btgworld.com

Institution: BTG

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Accesses: Public access

Geographic Contexts: Peri-urban

Domain: Harvest , Functions

Coniferous Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use

Harwood Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use

Market Destinations: trend is increasing demand from energy plants , trend is stable demand from sawmill

Forest Types: Hemiboreal forest, nemoral softwoodous and mixed broadleaved-softwoodous forest , Acidophylous oak and oak-birch forest , Mesophytic deciduous forest , Beech forest , Mire and swamp forests , Plantations and self-sown exotic forest

Govern Actors: Owners association , Forest Managers / consultants/ agents , Stakeholder networks and associations , Local government

Financial Supports: government forest management support scheme

Manager Types: managed by owner , managed by professional forest manager (service provider)

Owner Types: private , public

Scale Operations: small scale (10-50 ha) , very small scale (<10 ha)