Svenska Skogsplantor (Swedish Forest Plants) is a separate department at Swedish Sveaskog which this week delivered some 130,000 forest plants to the area around Ullatti using snowmobiles – hence the name, snowmobile plants.
The days are busy at Svenska Skogsplantor’s plant terminal in Vidsel, northern Sweden. Most work is focused on reducing transport routes for the coming spring plant distribution but the first plants have already left the terminal.
“Using snowmobiles is a slightly odd way of delivering plants but it’s also really smart for hard-to-reach places that can’t be accessed with a truck,” says Tomas Jansson, Customer Support Agent at Svenska Skogsplantor.
“The snowmobile plants aren’t going to be planted just yet but thanks to the fact that we are delivering the plants frozen and in boxes, we can make the most of the snow. They might be in marshlands or places far from the nearest road, so with the help of the snowmobiles, the plants can be transported to their planting site without heavy vehicles causing damage to the ground and without planters having to carry them long distances which is good in terms of both the natural environment and the working environment. Once in place, the plants are buried in the snow and because they’re protected by their boxes, they’ll still be in good condition come May/June time. The company is using digital GPS marking for the snow caves so that planters can find the plants once it’s time to plant them,” adds Tomas Jansson.