What does the forest industry and politicians mean by “sustainable use”

I’m mainly involved in the preservation of our last real forests, ie continuity forests which have been used but never been clear cut in the past. They are the last remains of true forests with rich diversity of plants and animals and trees of all ages from small plants to pine trees hundreds of years old. We can almost forget primeval forests because there are only small fragments left in this country, but continuity forests are very important to preserve for the future. The big problem is that the forest industry that need a never-ending stream of raw material to their plants lacks raw material, ie forest. The plantations that began in the late 50’s and which have escalated since then are not really mature to be harvested yet and then they look at the last “real” forests we have left. They will stop at nothing to get over this land and the propaganda machine is in full swing.

In the virtually allotious use of clear cutting, one begins with a clear cut land that causes most of the life to dry out or flush and die. Then gradually rows of similar tree trees of the same kind grow up. The plantation also becomes much denser than a natural forest, and in the end, it all start over again when the forest is between 70 and 100 years. The difference to a natural forest is huge, a spruce can be 200-250 years, pines can be hundreds of years old and when they die they last for hundreds of years and become home for birds and other species. After that, they can lie on the ground and give life for other species for another several hundred years. The forest industry is marketing the importance of forestry to save the climate when the best thing for the climate actually is to let the forest stand and grow old. They talk about the sustainable forestry of Sweden while lurking for the last real forests. The only sustainable thing about this is the forest industry’s economy. The forest industry is completely dependent on a never-ending flow of raw materials and they are afraid of the least disturbance of this flow.

Then, the forest industry give the impression that we who want to save the little that’s left are threatening the entire forestry, countryside and jobs. What we want is to save about 20% of an average of our production forests for the future. Thus 80% can be used, but hopefully with a little more careful methods than they use now. Is that too much to ask for.

This is how it looks…




Some preserved traces…



RIP. This view does not exist anymore due to a clear cut a couple of years ago..



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Today 20 years since the torrential rain disaster at Fulufjället.

I came to think of the storm over Fulufjäll in August 1997 when I saw the devastation in the US and in Asia. Compared with that this was nothing but for our region as it was extreme. Small streams at the mountain side became raging rivers that tore away everything in its path, roads and bridges were washed away and Göljån took a new furrow. Among the debris you can see in the pictures were found a moose that was washed away with the water.

The pictures below are from 2011, 14 years after the disaster.


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Preparing for Nature 2017, Vårgårda

On Nov 3’rd it’s time for the annual photo festival in Vårgårda again, for the 35’th year if I counted correctly. I have been a visitor there for the last 10-12 years, with one or two years off. But, this year it will be another premiere, on Friday I will get up on stage to show some of my pictures along with six other talented photographers in something called 20×20 (Pecha Kucha). It’s 20 pictures x 20 seconds. Looking forward to that. See you in Vårgårda!   Program (in Swedish).

A picture from this week.


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Vacation soon

Working my last days now before it’s time for three weeks off. Looking forward to “own” my time (almost anyway 🙂 ). No big plans, just to experience an early morning somewhere in the woods would be enough. Watch when the mist lighten up and a new day begin. Later in the autumn I hope to find some time for a longer photo trip but have not decided when and where yet.

Gettjärn, Grangärde finnmark, August 2016
Per Lissel, +46 706272302

Silvhytteå, August 2006


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Workshop at Mattlaberg again, 2017

So I’m back after a few days in the outback at Mattlaberg. Days and nights filled with creativity, photography and meetings. A big thank you to Håkan Olsén who arranges it all and makes sure that so many interesting people gather together here, many thanks also to all models, photographers and other contributors that makes this gathering so good.

I’ve been here every second year since 2013 and although not all photo opportunities fit me and my kind of pictures, I allways learn something and sometimes it’s pure magic. Got some pictures that I feel fit in my portfolio and that makes me more than happy. Then there are allways interesting conversations with both old and new friends.

Here’s a small selection of pictures from the meeting.










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Rotsidan Nature Reserve, June 2017

Last weekend I stayed in Sundsvall. On Saturday I made a trip up north. The first stop was at the High Coast and Nordingrå. Spent a couple of hours at the Rotsidans Nature Reserve and enjoyed the tranquility of the Baltic sea and the mist.

(All pictures are made with the Fuji x100f).






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A day for the woods

Sorry but here will only be a short summary, read the Swedish blog for more information.

Last Saturday I went to Bredsjö in the deep woods of central Sweden. Ylva Lindberg had arranged a day with very interesting lectures regarding our forests and (the lack of ) biological diversity.


First out was the author Sten Björnulfson. He was talking about his book “Rösterna i skogen” and the loss of history, and memories that the logging causes in the woodland where he has his cabin.


Then it was time for Sebastian Kirppu to deliver hard fact about the situation and the not so bright future for our woods if things don’t change very soon. Sebastian have deep knowledge and understanding of the ecological systems of our forests, he is also very good at explaining the situation.


Last but not least out was Mikael Karlsson from Silvaskog who gave a very interesting lecture about continuous cover forestry (the Lübeck model). He was also able to show that this method also is superior economically.


Four hours went very fast and I think that we could have continued the discussion for an hour or two more without any problem. Many thanks to Ylva and all the people that made this possible.



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