Sustainable forest management practices are based on research results and on the common research-based guidelines for good forest management drawn up by the forest sector.
Forest management influences the speed of new forest growth and the tree species found in the forest. Good forest management also helps trees grow into robust log wood more quickly. By preventing forest damage, forest management also promotes the health of our forests.
The development of Finnish forests has been monitored with the aid of national forest inventories since the 1920s. Our forests now have more wood than ever during the period of monitoring.
Thanks to research-based forest management that emphasises environmental values, tens of thousands of Finns continue to earn their livelihood from the forest and forest industry.
Forest management pays attention to nature
Environment is taken into account in all our forestry measures. We are committed to the principles of regenerative forestry, which we are implementing through our ecological sustainability programme. Professional planning and implementation of forestry work helps maintain and even increase forest biodiversity in commercial forests.
Paying attention to the particularly valuable habitats defined in the Forest Act is a key way to boost the diversity of forest nature. Metsä Group also provides specialist services for forest owners interested in the voluntary protection of forests.
Retention trees left in regeneration areas are the most visible examples of nature management in commercial forests. Retention trees are a requirement in forest certification systems. Certification also requires buffer zones around waterways. Read more about our approaches to biodiversity.