The management of multiple-use forests is aimed at economically profitable wood production, while securing forest ecosystem services as well as forest health and wellbeing. At Metsähallitus, wood production is practised on naturally fertile forest land with mineral soils and on peatland drained for forestry.
Silviculture is based on the natural wood production potential of the site and its optimum utilisation. It is important to identify the key site factors in terms of silviculture, and to use them as a basis for making the decisions on silvicultural treatments.
Silvicultural work must also be timed correctly in order to keep the growing stock vital. By doing so, it is possible to grow vibrant stands of native tree species which are best suited to each site. Forest management that is based on site factors will yield good economic returns, maintain biodiversity and living conditions for various game animals, create a variety of landscapes and enable multiple uses of forests.