Dagmar Balla and Sebastian Maassen
After Wise Use – The Future of Peatlands, Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress: Pristine Mire Landscapes
enzyme-activities, hydrodynamics, peatland-river-sediment, phosphorus-release, pore-water
Boreal spruce mires have high biodiversity value, but as they are naturally forested they have been intensively drained for forestry purposes. Less than 20 % of them are still undrained in southern Finland. Also nature conservation areas include drained spruce mires, especially in southern Finland. Restoration has been highlighted as a tool to enhance the quality of habitats in conservation areas. Our case study includes two restored, one drained and three undrained spruce mire sites in two nature conservation areas in South-Finland. Sphagnum mosses responded quickly and positively to restoration measures.