Responsible Use of Forests
In Finland, forests grow more than they are used. The responsible use of forests is based on the sustainable use of natural resources and the anticipation of changes in the environment. Annually, timber is harvested from approximately two per cent of the total forest area of state-owned forests.
A new generation of trees is always secured in regeneration felling areas in state forests. Some 80% of state-owned forests are regenerated by sowing or planting, and almost 20% regenerate naturally.
Finnish legislation places a special obligation on Metsähallitus to protect biodiversity on state lands. Besides commercial wood supply, ecological values are secured through excellent environmental management. In state-owned commercial forests, special emphasis is also placed on the needs of recreational use, reindeer husbandry and the Sámi culture.