Metsähallitus uses and manages one third of Finland’s area – more than 12 million hectares of state-owned land and water areas.
Metsähallitus’ forestry operations were incorporated into a state-owned limited company in April 2016. Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd has the right to use state-owned multiple-use forests, but has no right of ownership.
State-owned nature conservation areas represent all habitat types found in Finland, which makes them vital for the preservation of biodiversity and the variety of species and landscapes. Together with other Natura 2000 sites, such as the vast wilderness areas of Lapland, they form the core of Finland’s ecological network and must be maintained as close as possible to their natural state.
Metsähallitus manages 9,124,000 hectares of land and 3,417,000 hectares of water areas, totalling 12,541,000 hectares.
* Productive forestry land is classified on the basis of Nordic growth categories of forestry land: on forest land, the average annual growth of the tree stock is at least 1 m3/ha; on low-productivity land, 0.1-1 m3/ha and on non-productive land, less than 0.1 m3/ha.