Fresh air as an employee benefit

2 March 2014

Forest specialist Robert Lindqvist enjoys his work; he can offer information to forest owners and follow the development of different forest estates in a concrete manner.

Robert Lindqvist is in his element in a forest. He sits on a mossy rock like it was a part of the furniture in his own home. He explains calmly, what his job entails. Even a couple of stray mosquitos do not seem to bother this forest specialist. Every now and then a slap and a whispered swear word pierce the silence.

The forest specialist is in charge of guiding forest owners to care for their forests in the best possible way.

“My work is the most rewarding when the forest owner has utilised my know-how, and the result is positive and beneficial for the owner and the forest. Forest owners have said that the advice given has been valuable, and that it was given at the right time. I just do what is expected of me, but it is still nice if we have performed better than expected and if the forest owner can see the advantage of our operations.”

Lindqvist has worked in various positions within the forestry sector for almost 30 years. During the last couple of years the work of a forest specialist has changed meaning that his job is now more varied and includes different tasks.

“I can’t really say what my typical working day is like. I might spend one day at UPM’s office in Ähtävä, another at forest estates checking the conditions and thinking about possible options to manage them. I learn something new every day.”

A forest specialist must have comprehensive knowledge of forests, nature and environmental management. Lindqvist utilises forest management plans and different meters in his daily work.

“In recent years, environmental consciousness has become more and more important, and forest specialists must have comprehensive knowledge of environmental questions.”

Communication skills are also needed more than before.

“No one can play it solo when it comes to forest management. An old myth about lone hermits living in the woods and coping by themselves does not apply anymore. Everyone participating in the process must keep in touch and listen to what the others have to say.”

According to Lindqvist, the mechanisation of forest operations together with computers has made this job easier.

“I can use the computer while still in the forest so that all information is updated in real time. Still, the communication between forestry, harvesting and logistics could be even more effective.”

Four seasons add another aspect to the work.

“I can see how nature changes during each season. This brings even more variation to the job. I can experience natural beauty almost every day and enjoy fresh air. Forest is also part of my free time. I hunt and organise locally guided hiking tours. My wife says that I live in the forest,” concludes Lindqvist with a big smile on his face.

Johan Svenlin

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