We have a lot to thank our forests for
14 July 2020 Forests in photos
This month, we hear from Kjell Wiklund, a runner up in our 2019 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. He tells us more about his photo ‘Forest in Furudal’ and why it is so important to take care of our forests.
How do you feel about forests, both professionally and personally?
We must ensure that our forests are preserved for future generations. We have a lot to thank our forests for, for example that they reduce carbon dioxide emissions. They also give people the opportunity for recreation, and many feel good about walking in the forest. They provide a quiet environment that is a good place for recovery. The forest also produces, which benefits people in the form of timber, berries and mushrooms.
How did the forest inspire you to take your winning photo?
We spent an afternoon in the forest in Furudal, Sweden, and came to a view tower from which you had a magnificent view of the forest, stretched over several miles. I tried to preserve that feeling in my mind and therefore took this photograph.
What do you think about the work that an organization such as PEFC does to care for forests?
PEFC has a very important task, to preserve and develop our forests in a responsible way. It is necessary to succeed, because well-managed forests affect our environment in a positive way.
About the contest
In our 2019 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, we invited photographers and forest lovers to show us their best forest photos. The contest took place in 13 countries around the world, and we received photos of wonderful landscapes, wildlife and humans working and playing in the forest. From the thousands of photos we received, we chose our top 12 images – all of which can be seen here.