Variety of Landscapes
Site-based forest management produces a variety of landscapes. Recreational and landscape values are preserved through careful planning and implementation of forestry operations. Design of felling areas, placing of retention tree groups, opening up of scenically valuable views and highlighting special sites are ways of forest management to preserve landscape values.
The diversity of the forest character is also enhanced by an abundance of broadleaves and variation in tree species. In northern Finland, the wilderness character of landscapes needed for tourism can be preserved by gap fellings and mature thinnings that maintain the forest cover.
When working on sites that are used for recreation, trails and routes are kept intact and cleared of residues. In popular recreational sites, fellings are performed outside the season if possible.