Parks & Wildlife Finland
Parks & Wildlife Finland is a part of the state-owned organisation Metsähallitus.
Parks & Wildlife Finland is in charge of public administration tasks and is comprised of National Parks Finland and Wildlife Service Finland.
The services of Parks & Wildlife Finland are largely financed from the national government budget. Income from fishing and hunting permits is used to manage hunting grounds and fishing waters. P&WF works with various partners on projects where the public funding is used to leverage wider funding and benefits.
What did we achieve in 2017? Annual Report of Metsähallitus includes Financial Statements and Report for Parks & Wildlife Finland, see p. 48 (Jukaisut.metsa.fi, pdf files)
National Parks Finland
manages state-owned nature reserves and historic sites
- provides free facilities for visitors to these areas
- compiles GPS data on conservation issues in protected areas
- participates in international collaboration on nature conservation
- maintains snowmobile routes.
Finland´s national parks welcomed 3.1 million visitors in 2018. The 40th national park was established in 2017 in Hossa, NE Finland. It celebrated Finland's centenary of independence.
The local economy impacts of visitors´ spending in 2018 in Finland’s national parks, national hiking areas and other protected and recreational areas totalled 289,5 million euros.
- National Parks Finland – Benefits for Nature and People (brochure, pdf. Julkaisut.metsa.fi)
- Metsähallitus, Wildlife Service Finland – Good for nature, people and society (brochure, pdf. Julkaisut.metsa.fi)
Wildlife Service Finland
- takes care of state-owned hunting grounds and sells hunting permits
- takes care of state-owned fishing waters and sells fishing permits
- is in charge of supervision of hunting, fishing and snow-mobiling in the wilderness.
Parks & Wildlife Finland is headed by the Director.
The operations of Parks & Wildlife Finland comprise four processes.
The processes of National Parks Finland are
- Protected Area Management Planning
- Nature and Cultural Heritage Conservation
- Recreation and Nature Tourism.
Contact information on National Parks Finland: see the left side navigation bar of this page.
The staff of Wildlife Service Finland is in charge of
- Game and Fisheries.
Contact information on the game and fisheries staff (www.eraluvat.fi/en/contact-us).
Photo: Schoolchildren on a peatland trip. Photo by Sanna Vapaniemi.