Parks & Wildlife Finland
Parks & Wildlife Finland is a part of the state-owned enterprise Metsähallitus. Parks & Wildlife Finland is in charge of public administration tasks and is comprised of National Parks Finland and Wldlife Service Finland.
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.
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.
Benefits for nature and people
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.
Finland´s national parks welcomed 3.1 million visitors in 2017. The 40th national park was established in 2017 in Hossa, NE Finland. The new national park celebrates Finland's centenary of independence.
The local economy impacts of visitors´ spending in 2017 in Finland’s national parks, national hiking areas and other protected and recreational areas totalled 258 million euros.
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: On a winter trip in Rokua National Park. Photographed by Eeva Mäkinen.