The Future of Forestry

Abstract

In nature the word waste does not exist, when a leaf falls it offers its nutrients to the next generation of flora and fauna. Nature can inspire the forest industry with minimal adaption...all we need to do is give something back.
This project evolved from understanding why our forests are decreasing & why we are failing to maintain them, while searching for opportunities to help influence the forest industry into a more sustainable practice.
We heavily rely on timber as a resource, & one that we will increasingly demand in the future as we phase out fossil fuels & implement alternative energy sources. Instead of directing this project in a “save the rainforest” protest, I opted for a realizable & commercially viable solution. This would increase the possibilities that the research & concept could become a viable solution that would equally benefit the forestry industry & the forest.

Inspiration and Method

Growing up in New Zealand, I have always been overwhelmed by the beauty of the forest. In recent years the gradual conversion of our forests into other uses of land has become alarming.
This project was conducted with Skogstekniska Klustret in which I collaborated with 9 Swedish forestry companies. Various seminars were organized during the project in which company representatives, machinery operators & forest owners offered insight and experience.
A variety of research methodology was implemented, including on site ethnography of machine operators, multiple interviews with environmental & forestry specialists and field visits to witness current damage & effects.

Result

In the past we have never been able to separate a tree on site, this requires various return visits to collect what we need, leading to soil compaction & extensive damage to surrounding trees. With Axolotl, we can now separate a tree onsite & return its nutrients to ensure surrounding trees & seedlings remain healthy, while promoting natural regeneration.
In one single operation, Axolotl cuts a selected tree at ground level, avoiding exposed stumps. It then feeds the tree into its body where it is separated. The needles are returned to enrich the soil, while the branches are bundled into a “bio-log” that can be easily collected, when collecting the trunk, & then used instantly as an alternative energy fuel.