The forest and timber transport

The lack of forestry in the ordinary mill areas meant that the organized forest management first developed in the mill forests. These would be managed at specified turnaround times. The turnaround time at the Robertsfors forests was estimated at 60 years. The forests were apart from the places where the forest fire had been unproductive. Problems with the freight business were that the surfaces could not be made too large. AB Robertsfors owned forests in Bygdeå, Burträsk, Norsjö, Nysätra and Sävar parishes in Västerbotten plus Gällivare parish in Norrbotten County.

Rickleån with spring flows became the natural and dominant way of transport.

The transport system became three-part. The horse drove the card transports to the raft. Rickleån transported the timber to Robertsfors for that to be sawn. The boards were then transported to Sikeå by horse where they were shipped. The transport between Robertsfors and Sikeå was very expensive, which is why a horse railroad was built in between.

 


 
sjöfart Sikeå m järnvägen
sjöfart Sikeå m järnvägen
Tågbild Sikeå hamn nr 4 1960 timmervagnar
Tågbild Sikeå hamn nr 4 1960 timmervagnar

Timber from their own forests did not gain any significance until the end of the 19th century. Harvests from own forests then increased rapidly and until the end of the 19th century, timber from their own forests was the most important source of raw materials.

The old-time legislation was entirely focused on preserving the existing wood supply. There was no rejuvenation work such as sowing and planting. Despite the cautious calculations of possible withdrawals, it was those who said that there was mistreatment with the forest. During the 1830s, notifications of surveillance and illegal logging were made. These processes did not lead to any judgment, but to the rule in the constitution that allowed for the provision until the number of full boards had been reached.

They started with dimensional cutting, they took only the coarser trees and allowed the smaller trees to grow and that a rejuvenation would occur in the gaps. This instead gave the forest a torn appearance and there was never any rejuvenation.