Metsä Group recommends nature management as a primary approach for herb-rich forests

Metsä Group press release 20.10.2021
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From 2022 onwards, Metsä Group will review the herb-rich forests in forests owned by owner-members and intensify its guidance for the management of herb-rich forests. These measures will supplement the Metsä Group ecological sustainability programme, which was started in 2020 and is implemented in commercial forests.

“Our primary recommendation for herb-rich forests in commercial forests owned by owner-members is nature management and, for the best sites, voluntary conservation. Decisions about forest management are always made by the forest owner”, says Juha Mäntylä, COO of Metsäliitto Cooperative.

The herb-rich forests in commercial forests are usually small, enclosed patches surrounded by heath forests. Since herb-rich forests are among the most fertile forest types, from an individual forest owner’s perspective, a herb-rich forest can also be of significant financial value.

Recommending nature management means putting an emphasis on management measures that improve biodiversity instead of tree growth in the management of herb-rich forests.

“Although herb-rich forests only constitute 1–2% of Finnish forests by area, approximately 45% of threatened species primarily dwell in herb-rich forests. The biodiversity of forest nature is safeguarded in many ways. When we recommend nature management for herb-rich forests, we direct management measures to the places where they have the greatest impact on biodiversity. Training for our personnel has already begun so that they will be prepared to advise our owner-members in herb-rich forest management”, says Mäntylä.

Metsäliitto Cooperative, the parent company of Metsä Group, is owned by approximately 100,000 Finnish forest owners. They own around 50% of Finland’s privately owned forests.

In 2020, Metsä Group started its ecological sustainability programme, which is implemented in commercial forests. In addition to increasing the carbon sinks of forests, the programme’s goals include safeguarding biodiversity and the improvement of water protection. The new policy for the management of herb-rich forests supplements the measures by which Metsä Group and forest owners are safeguarding the biodiversity of forest nature.

Read more about Metsä Group’s ecological sustainability programme.

For further information, please contact:
Juha Mäntylä, COO, Metsäliitto Cooperative, tel.+358 50 352 5528
Krista Kimmo, Communications Manager, Metsä Group, tel. +358 50526 4911



Metsä Forest

Metsä Forest provides and develops the services offered to the members of Metsä Group's parent company, Metsäliitto. The cooperative consists of approximately 100,000 Finnish forest owners who together own about half of Finland’s private forests. We provide all the forest services required to engage in sustainable forest management and raise the value of forest assets.

We procure all the wood used by Metsä Group from sustainably managed forests in the Baltic Sea region, most of it from our owner-members in Finland. We also supply significant volumes of energy wood, bark and sawdust for further processing.

In 2020, our sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and we have approximately 840 employees.