Possibilities under the surface of the earth
As the holder of state-owned lands, Metsähallitus maintains authority over substantial underground natural resources, such as stone for a variety of construction needs.
Metsähallitus' extraction operations includes the exploration of state-owned soil and rock reserves, permitting and the sale and leasing of soil and rock extraction sites. Soil and rock extraction sites for sale and lease can be found at kaivannaiset.fi (Finnish only). Our primary objective is to create operating conditions for companies in the sector. We process rock only for our own use in the construction, maintenance and repair of forest roads. It is not supplied to outside customers.
Land administered by Metsähallitus may be used for rock extraction, provided that this activity is in line with other land use of the area and complies with Metsähallitus' environmental principles. Metsähallitus implements an ISO 14001 environmental management system in its operations.
If necessary, we issue exploration permits for key purposes. Use of machinery in rock exploration and operating machines off-road (e.g. test extractions with an excavator) require a special, fee-based exploration permit. If you are interested, please contact one of our experts for more information.
There are several mines and extraction projects located close to or bordering land administered by Metsähallitus, particularly in northern Finland. Property Development is responsible for handling the promotion of land owner interests for mines and mining projects on Metsähallitus land in, for example, applications for various mining permits, environmental impact assessments, environmental permits and statements on mining plans. Property Development also charts and analyses Metsähallitus' own business opportunities related to mines.
Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd. Oy oversees matters involving ore exploration and gold panning on Metsähallitus land. Parks & Wildlife oversees Metsähallitus' interests in protected areas in matters involving mining, gold panning and ore exploration permits.