Preconditions for habitation secured
Metsähallitus cooperates in securing favourable preconditions for the Saami language and traditional Saami livelihoods. The objective of this is to facilitate reindeer husbandry, hunting, foraging of natural products and other traditional livelihoods in the Saami Homeland.
Metsähallitus coordinates the development of the Kvarken Archipelago Nature Reserve, a world heritage site, and is developing the island of Örö as a centre for nature tourism in the Archipelago National Park.
Information in Finnish, Swedish and Saami
State land and water areas extend from the Swedish-speaking coastal regions to the Saami Homeland. Metsähallitus provides services in Finnish, Swedish, Inari, Skolt and North Saami.
Cultural heritage fostered
Old crofts on state-owned lands, logging cabins and meadow hay barns preserved in their natural settings are the living remains of livelihoods from the old days, building skills and the relationship between people and the environment. Metsähallitus implements the Government's real-estate strategy in the management of real property considered valuable in terms of its cultural history.
The 2010–2015 field survey of cultural heritage sites involved the collection of information on the built cultural heritage in Finnish forests, covering a total of 3.3 million hectares of multiple-use forests. Over 10,000 cultural heritage sites with more than 100,000 documented structures were mapped. Most of the sites were previously unknown. Some findings have added detail to the general overview of Finland's most ancient pre-historical eras, particularly in Ostrobothnia and Lapland.