Careful planning of land use is very important in reconciling various requirements regarding state lands and waters. According to its principles, Metsähallitus interacts closely with regional and local stakeholders in issues relating to the planning of forestry, nature conservation and other land use. This ensures that different views are brought forward and is a way of acquiring information on the operating environment of Metsähallitus. In this way, potential conflicts can also be prevented.
Metsähallitus uses a multi-stage planning system covering regional decisions on land use as well as detailed local plans for a particular operation.
Advanced information systems are an essential part of planning, as they ensure that detailed and up-to-date information is always accessible when making decisions.