Herb-rich Forest Reserves are Lush Forest Islets
Herb-rich forests are Finland’s most lush and specie-rich forest type. Finland is at the northern growth limit for herb-rich forests and for this reason there are some features in our herb-rich forests that do not appear elsewhere.
Herb-rich forests are found throughout Finland in small islets in the middle of dry forests. They only grow in very concentrated areas, where the soil and climate are favourable. Herb-rich forests account for only about one percent of all Finland’s forests.
The goal of herb-rich forest conservation in Finland is to preserve the best possible samples of typical forests in the herb-rich zone and to protect the areas so that their biologically most valuable features are preserved.
In 1992 a total of 52 herb-rich forest reserves were established in Finland by statute.
Entering and walking around in herb-rich forest reserves are permitted as Everyman’s Rights, but camping and lighting campfires are forbidden in the conservation regulations for these reserves.
Valuable herb-rich forests are also preserved in other protected areas.