UPM's tree nursery in Joroinen celebrates its 30th anniversary

(UPM, Joroinen, 9 June 2010 at 10:00) – UPM’s tree nursery in Joroinen, Finland, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The tree nursery will keep an open house for visitors between 29 July and 1 August from 10 am to 4 pm daily.

Founded in 1980, UPM's tree nursery annually produces 14 to 15 million spruce seedlings and forest planting material for the company’s own forests and its customers. UPM's tree nursery produces healthy, high-quality tree seedlings suitable for different areas. All plants are of Finnish origin.

The tree nursery employs 30 people specialised in producing tree seedlings. “Modern plant production technologies combined with skilled staff enable the best possible start for a new forest”, says manager Anne Immonen.

“In a good plant, both the stem and the root are of high quality. A healthy plant, successful handling during transportation and storing as well as good soil preparation are all necessary in order to create a productive forest. A careful planting of the tree seedlings is very important”, Immonen points out.

Two thirds of forest regeneration is done by planting tree seedlings. Tree species is chosen based on the soil type. Trees are planted at specific spots within a certain distance from one another. In addition to manual planting done by forest workers mechanical planting is increasingly used.

For further information please contact:
Ms Anne Immonen, UPM, Manager, Joroinen Tree Nursery, tel. +358 204 16 0951

UPM Forest, Northern Europe
UPM’s Northern Forest Supply Chain is responsible for sourcing wood in Finland, Russia, the Baltic countries, Belarus and Scandinavia. UPM’s Forestry Business, Northern Europe, is in charge of the company’s own forests and forest services offered to customers. In Finland, UPM owns 915 hectares of forest and has its own tree nursery. Most of the wood used in UPM’s Finnish factories is sourced from private forests. UPM offers private forest owners versatile and competitive high-quality forest services. UPM’s forest-related products also include high-class Bonvesta forest estates.

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 23,000 people and it has production facilities in 15 countries. In 2009, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 7.7 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange.