As the summer in Finland was as it was – means it was really wet and rainy summer. We were not able to arrange fire in our study area (burning experiment 2017).
Week ago we got also the information that our study areas were destroyed and we are not able to use them anyhow anymore!
Surprisingly for us, the owner of the land (Finnish Forest administration -Metsähallitus) has been doing heavy soil scarification all over the area . . .
The rest is already just history – we lost the areas with one year work (starting from planning and establishing, and finishing with measurements of one growing season), we lost a lot of equipment, as all our equipment (data loggers, thermocouples, temperature and moisture sensors, collars for gas measurements, etc.) were still on the area and were measuring, when the excavator entered . . .