Parks & Wildlife Finland
Parks & Wildlife Finland (former Natural Heritage Services) is a unit of state-owned enterprise Metsähallitus. Parks & Wildlife Finland is in charge of public administration services which include:
- nature conservation
- facilities and services for outdoor recreation
- hunting and fishing services
- protected area management planning.
We protect and manage species, habitats and cultural heritage in state-owned protected areas and provide outdoor recreation services for hikers, hunters and fishers and grant land use permits. Our services are largely financed from the national government budget. We work with various partners on projects where our public funding is used to leverage wider funding and benefits.
Income from fishing and hunting permits is used to manage hunting grounds and fishing waters. Local businesses provide tourism services near the attractions.
Finland´s 39 national parks welcomed 2.6 million visitors in 2015. Their spending benefited
local economies by a total of 142 million euros.
The open wilderness huts are located in the northern and eastern parts of Finland, usually in roadless backwoods and meant for one-night stays for everybody. Photo from Lemmenjoki National Park by Inari-Saariselkä Matkailu ltd.
The operations of Parks & Wildlife Finland comprise three regional units and four intersecting processes.
The processes of Parks & Wildlife Finland include
- Protected Area Management Planning
- Game and Fisheries
- Nature Conservation
- Recreation and Nature Tourism.
The Parks & Wildlife Finland unit within Metsähallitus is headed by the Executive Director of Parks & Wildlife Finland. Each process is led by a Head of Process ensuring that we follow the guidlelines from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
The Regional Units put these guidelines into action, and are led by a Regional Director except the game and fisheries operations which are led by Game and Fisheries Director.
The Heads of Regional Processes are in charge of the regional operations. Park Superintendents head the local teams.