Published 5.1.2023

Metsähallitus carries out thinning-oriented logging on the south side of Aalistunturi

In early winter 2023, silvicultural, thinning-oriented forest management will be carried out on the south side of Aalistunturi in an area of approximately 400 hectares. Seed trees will also be removed from the top of seedling stands. Felling will not be done in valuable nature sites.

Felling will be carried out using a temporary winter road built during frozen ground. The prevailing winter conditions enable full-scale utilisation of winter roads when harvesting timber in the area.

The age of the sites to be thinned out is 55–90 years. In most of the sites soil has been prepared and planted with pine, while others have been naturally regenerated. Birch and spruce of natural origin grow among the planted pine.

The seed trees to be removed are approximately 90–110 years old. Seed tree felling was carried out on the sites 10–15 years ago. The sapling stands under the seed trees to be removed are currently about one metre tall.

We will operate in the area in accordance with Metsähallitus’s Environmental guidelines for practical forest management. Biodiversity is taken into consideration by preserving retention trees and protective thickets. All dead trees are also spared. Nature sites in multiple use forests, ecological connections and the Aalistunturi Nature Reserve ensure the functionality of the ecological network in the area.

In recent years, private ecological surveyors have inventoried the Aalistunturi area and provided Metsähallitus with observation data on nature sites and species. Metsähallitus’s experts have also surveyed the nature and species observations in the area. All observations have been reviewed and valuable sites have been taken into consideration in the planning of felling.

For further information on felling in the area, please contact Samuli Myllymäki, Regional Director at Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd,, tel. +358 400 194 645

Metsähallitus is a state enterprise that manages one third of Finland’s land and water areas. Metsähallitus aims to foster the value of nature and shared wealth in a responsible manner across generations. 1,200 Metsähallitus employees all over Finland are responsible for the sustainable use, management and protection of these land and water areas, reconciling different needs and expectations.  

Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd not only manages commercial forests but also secures timber production, protects biodiversity, meets customer needs, provides preconditions for the multiple use of forests and promotes climate change mitigation and adaptation.