http://www.forest.fi/

Environmental report on Finland’s forests: http://www.forest.fi/yr2004/index.html

Finnish Forests

86 percent of Finland’s land area is forested. Forests are mainly owned by ordinary Finnish families; the holdings are small and their borders are not visible. The settlements and agricultural areas form only patches in a continuous forest landscape.

Since the 1950s, the annual growth of Finnish forests has increased from 55 million to some 80 million cubic metres per year, thanks to continuous advances in forest management. Roughly two per cent of commercial forests are harvested annually. Half of that is thinnings and the rest is felled for regeneration.

Nearly all forests, with the exception of some strictly protected forests, are freely accessible to everyone for hiking and the picking of berries and mushrooms.

I love forests – this site makes me want to up sticks and head for Finland!

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