The new Act on Metsähallitus entered into force on 15 April 2016, and Metsähallitus’ forestry operations were incorporated into a state-owned limited company.
A new state-owned forestry company was established in mid-April. Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd is responsible for harvesting and selling timber, as well as maintaining state-owned forests in accordance with the principles of multiple use. In addition, a company builds and maintains the state-owned network of forest roads.
The incorporation of Metsähallitus Forestry's operations didn't have any impact on felling volumes. As before, timber harvesting volumes will be laid down in regional natural resources plans, which take account of environmental considerations. Natural resources plans are approved by Metsähallitus’ Board of Directors.
The business is also steered by social obligations, such as preserving biodiversity, ensuring recreational access to forests, promoting employment, and securing favourable conditions for the practice of reindeer husbandry and Sámi traditions.
Forestry's year 2015
The sale of wood accounts for almost 90 per cent of Metsähallitus’ turnover. More than EUR 100 million of the profit is transferred to the state annually and thus used for the benefit of Finnish society.
General social obligations decrease the calculated operating profit by some EUR 55 million per year.
|Forestry's turnover 2015||319,6 million €|
|Sales/year||6 million cubicmeters|
|Other social benefits||55 million €/year|
|Forestland||3,5 million hectares, 3,0 million hectares without restrictions|
|Growth oh forests/year||11 million cubicmeters|
|Employees||430 forest workers, 300 officers|
|Contractors and their employees||over 1200|