Teija Alenius, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, taught us the history of Repovesi and the surrounding area in the light of archaeological finds. We got acquainted with the results of the Katajajärvi sediment survey and discovered some of the oldest cultures in Europe nearby.
The history and future of forest use
Timo Lehesvirta, President of UPM Kymmene, taught us the history and present of the Repovesi area from the perspective of forest use. We got information about tar burning in the area, water and steam sawmills, the extraction of timber, and, of course, the development of the forest industry from the 19th century to the present day.
As the author of the text, I have my own history on this subject. After all, I have worked closely with the wood processing industry at Tehdaspuu Oy’s head office in Kouvola in the 1970s and 1980s.
Repovesi and species diversity
Metsähallitus’ conservation biologist for nature services in Southern Finland, Pekka Heikkilä, taught us the typical animal and plant species of Repovesi. The main emphasis in the teaching was on the species and habitats that can be easily presented to the visitors of the national park, which can be treated or helped by various measures. Furthermore, as one of the teaching topics, we received information about restoration and the network of protected areas in South-East Finland and the role of Repovesi in it.
The bedrock of the Repovesi area
Chief Inspector Jukka Timperi from the Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of South-East Finland taught us the geology of the Repovesi area. At the same time, we received general information about the formation of our entire globe and the Finnish bedrock. Of course, the thing close to us was the rapakivi granite seen in the national park. We learn the main factors influencing the formation of the Repovesi terrain. Why is Repovesi so hilly and rocky?
Signs of holy stone
Archaeologist Timo Miettinen told students about the well-known history of rock paintings in Africa. We learn information about rock paintings in Repovesi and the surrounding area, the importance of rock paintings, and their timing. We learned from the best possible person. Timo Miettinen has found most of the paintings in Southeast Finland and studied them long.
The Repovesi of thousands of stories – the skills of a storyteller in creating the spirit of the place
Non-fiction writer Tapani Niemi, a journalist and storytelling trainer, taught storytelling skills to future guides. Repovesi has many interesting stories that we learn to make interesting. We practiced this in the summer in the field.
A sustainable Repovesi adventure
In her teaching, Metsähallitus’ special planner of nature services, Liisa Kajala, delved into the principles of sustainable nature tourism. This topic has been familiar to all Metsähallitus’ contract companies before. Every company is committed to following these principles already in the contract. During the teaching, we clarified some details.
New Repovesi visitor, company, and health surveys
Metsähallitus’ forest manager Mirja Nylander presented the first results of the Repovesi visitor survey. We heard, among other things, where and when visitors come to the park. This is how we learn to avoid the busiest times with our customers. The importance of this information has now been highlighted due to the large increase in traffic.
Nearby tourist area
As a final lecture, we received information about the tourist area around Repovesi National Park, Kouvola, and Mäntyharju. Of course, this topic was already familiar to the actors of Repovesikeskus. So we are part of that environment.