From one generation to the next we have cared for a Swedish treasure. Mellanskog is 32 000 private forest owners in the heart of Sweden.
Together we own more than 1,7 million hectares of forestland. For us, owning a forest means accepting a responsibility: To be able to hand down the forest to our children and grandchildren in even better condition than it was when we took over from our parents.
Good conditions for forestry
We have the privilege of living where conditions for forestry are unusually favourable. Thanks to the ideal climate and soil, trees in our part of Sweden grow slowly enough to provide the very best quality of wood. By managing and harvesting our forests in harmony with nature we have been able to live on what the forest provides - generation after generation. And we still do.
A loan from our children
Today our forest management continues on a small scale. Most of us have inherited the land from our parents. Now we are keeping it for our children who will eventually take over. This creates a special relationship with the forest; although we own it, we must care for it as though it were on loan. What we take from the forest we must carefully return to it.
A forest-owners association
To promote forward-looking forest management that would take into consideration both regrowth and a variety of species we joined together to form a forest-owners association, Mellanskog. This association has developed into a modern, competitive enterprise of the same name. For 32 000 forest owners, Mellanskog ensures that we have the resources to give forests even better care, and that we can sell and refine our products under our own management. To those of you who buy wood and refined wood products, we hope that the name of Mellanskog will convey our spirit of care and respect for our greatest treasure, the forest.
Maintaining the biological variety
Forestry cannot be carried out without an impact on the environment. But today we know that we can maintain biological variety in the forest and still have a valuable, high-capacity wood products industry. The secret can be found in knowledge, responsibility and the privilege of living close to nature.