Sustainable return over generations
The goal of Metsähallitus is to develop the use of state-owned land and water areas in a responsible manner so that they bring maximum benefits to society at large. Metsähallitus generates income for the state and, in accordance with its strategy, works to enhance vitality of the regions and promotes natural wellbeing services.
Metsähallitus guarantees the best possible sustainable return on state-owned land over generations and works to enhance vitality of the regions.
Nearly one-third of Metsähallitus' profits are contributed to the State
Metsähallitus will pay the Finnish State EUR 92.7 million in the public interest from its 2017 profits. Most of the profits were generated through timber sales.
The economic wellbeing generated by Metsähallitus is distributed in the form of wages, remunerations, taxes, purchases and dividends to different sectors of Finnish society.
Economic wellbeing in 2017
General social obligations at the core of responsibility
Parks & Wildlife Finland and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Finland have joint principles of sustainable tourism, which are observed in all activities and in all cooperation with tourism operators. In 2017, Metsähallitus had 606 cooperation agreements with tourism operators in nature reserves.
Ethical hunting and fishing
Competent wilderness inspectors of the Wildlife Service ensure that natural resources are used in a sustainable manner and in accordance with ethical principles. The wilderness inspectors, who are in charge of the wilderness supervision, are responsible for the supervision of fishing, hunting and off-road traffic.
Wilderness supervision events and offences in 2017
Vitality for regions through responsible land use planning
Land use planning is especially important for the vitality and economies of sparsely populated regions. Allocation of plots for holiday homes also provides opportunities for recreation in nature.
Metsähallitus' land use planning activities are steered by the land use planning principles set by the state owner. In these principles, special consideration is given to natural, recreation and cultural values, everyman's rights and the social obligations arising from the preservation of reindeer husbandry and Sámi culture.
The purchases and sales of land by Metsähallitus are regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry through performance guidance. Most of the land purchased by Metsähallitus is for the use of the Finnish Defence Forces and Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd.
Employment opportunities for prisoners in open penal institutions
National Parks Finland has been cooperating with the Criminal Sanctions Agency on a regular basis for more than ten years. Metsähallitus provides prisoners in open penal institutions with job opportunities and the funding for these schemes comes from the budgets of Metsähallitus and the Criminal Sanctions Agency.
Metsähallitus’ work sites provide the prisoners with an opportunity for rehabilitation as the day of release is approaching. The prisoners work for National Parks Finland and are treated as employees. Furthermore, the work also involves nature-oriented Green Care rehabilitation in some of the most beautiful nature sites in Finland.
The prisoners themselves are the biggest beneficiaries of the work. As the day of release is approaching, they have a chance to try their skills in a practically oriented environment in a wide range of different tasks. The work strengthens the prisoners’ belief in their own skills and capabilities, especially when the work at the Metsähallitus site is their first employment relationship.
In 2017, by employing prisoners, Metsähallitus was able to keep service infrastructures in good condition and carry out maintenance work at such sites as the Nuuksio, Sipoonkorpi, Liesjärvi, Seitseminen and Helvetinjärvi National Parks, as well as in such locations as Aulanko, Vallisaari and the Evo hiking area.
Rehabilitating work in 2017