European project ForstINNO
Development of an ecologically compatible, highly productive method of timber harvesting for Central European forestry
The management of forestry in Central Europe has become highly efficient and its main product – timber – has reached a high price level acceptable to the wood industry. One possible way to keep forestry competitive is by lowering the cost of forest operations.
Within the European project forstINNO (Development of an ecologically compatible, highly productive method of timber harvesting for Central European forestry), supported in the 6th Framework Programme, scientists and industry partners tried to find a more efficient method of timber harvesting in broadleaved forests. To achieve this, mechanised harvesting was planned with a completely new harvester head designed only and especially for broadleaved trees. Before the actual harvesting was performed in the broadleaved forest, measurement and analysis of morphologic features of tree trunks was carried out.
The technological development took into account the country specific conditions of forests, particularly of broadleaved trees. At the end of the development process stood a prototype, which worked with a modern differentiated GPS system and is now available for the participating regions.
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum supported the consortium in submitting the project proposal within the EU-programme CRAFT (“Cooperative Research Action For Technology”). The European Union funded the project during a 2 year period with 1.082 million Euro, with the Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum being project manager. The project consortium consisted of 15 partners: seven SMEs from Germany, the UK, Romania and the Czech Republic; five research partners from Germany, France, Lithuania, Hungary and Poland as well as three southern German partners from research services.