The core of landscape ecological planning consists of conservation areas, sites protected by law, occurrences of endangered species, and other natural areas that are valuable in terms of diversity. The core areas are surrounded and linked by ecological corridors, which are completely excluded from forestry activities or included in the scope of restricted forestry. Areas that are important in terms of game, scenery, and recreational use, as well as cultural heritage sites are also specified within the plans.
Landscape ecological planning looks at the nature of an extensive forest area as a single entity that includes both the nature reserves and the state-owned multiple use forests, including their specific sites.
The plans are updated as an inclusive process. Anyone can propose the addition of a natural site or a berry picking, fishing, or hiking location they consider valuable into the network.
The sites can be seen in the Excursionmap.fi service maintained by Metsähallitus. The occurrences of endangered species, or the locations of predators’ nests or displaying capercaillies are not made public.
Metsähallitus Communications Officer Aino Ilkka, [email protected]