Old-growth Forest Reserves
Old-growth forests are coniferous forests that have remained in their natural state. Typical features of these forests are trees of different ages, an abundance of decaying trees and a continual chain of small changes. There are often old deciduous trees in these forests as well.
Especially in the southern half of Finland there are few old-growth forests, which are in their natural state. There are, however, many commercial forests. it is important to protect the remaining old-growth forests in order to preserve working ecosystems and biodiversity.
There are 88 old-growth forest reserves established on state-owned lands. Their combined area measures 100 sq.km. and they are all located in Southern Finland.
Walking in old-growth forest reserves is permitted as an Everyman’s Right but camping and lighting campfires are forbidden in the conservation regulations for these reserves.