Peat Production

Mires are essential summer pasture and calving areas for reindeer. There are plenty of nutrition in rich mire areas. Being open spaced and windy areas, reindeer come there to avoid blood-sucking insects.

Peat production areas have typically deep and sharp edged trenches. The water line gets high. Standing in the trench, a grown reindeer will not reach the bottom nor do calves. Reindeer that fall into these trenches on their routes find it difficult or impossible to get out. Particularly calves drown into these trenches in the peat production areas.

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Hence, it is very important to have the representative of the cooperative from the area involved from the beginning of the project. Damages can be prevented with ramps with enough short distances. Sometimes, it may be good to put a fence around the area. The need for fences and other impacts has to be discussed with the herding cooperative in the area.

After the production ends, the use of the area is guided with zoning and other planning so that there will be no additional harm on reindeer herding. Former peat production areas need to be returned to original natural state. If the area is taken into other use after the peat production, it cannot cause extra expense or permanent areal losses for reindeer herding.

Using peat production land later on for farming is not suitable in the reindeer husbandry area. It would cause unreasonable and expensive obligation for the local cooperative to build fences.


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