Factsheet: Forest act

Forest act

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Forest act and decree
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Metsälaki- ja asetus
Forest legislation is the most powerful means of forest policy for ensuring sustainable forestry. The purpose of this Act is to promote economically, ecologically and socially sustainable management and utilisation of forests in order that the forests produce a good output in a sustainable way while their biological diversity is being maintained.The Forest Act lays down provisions on the restrictions and preconditions for the use of commercial forests. The amendments to the Forest Act increase the freedom of choice of forest owners in managing their own forest property, improve the profitability of forestry and operating conditions of wood-producing industry, and enhance the biodiversity of forests. One important objective in the reform was to have less detailed regulation on the treatment of forests and to clarify the legislation. The most important changes include allowing uneven-aged forest stands, abolition of age and diameter limits in regeneration, more diverse range of tree species, and increase in habitats of special importance (section 10). Notification of the establishment of seedling stands is no longer required and supervision is targeted to the results of regeneration, for which new minimum limits have been specified.
Regulate sustainable forest management.

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Responsible Authority: 
Maa- ja metsätalousministeriö - Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry


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