Forest health

Severe forest damages are quite rare in Finland. At present, the health of Finnish forests is good, but climate change and immigrant species increase the risk for damages. Occasional local forest damage include storms, snow, moose and annosus root rot. The most severe storm “Asta” in 2010 fleed over 8 million m3 of wood. Forest fires have been successfully prevented through efficient fire control.

European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) has caused serious damage in Spruce forests in southern and south-eastern Finland during 2010-2013. Spruce bark beetle benefits from dry, hot summers.

Several measures against forest damages are taken

Forest administration has prepared contingency plans for extensive storms and other damages in forests.

The Forest Damages Prevention Act took effect on 1st January 2014. It aims to ensure that the health of forests is not weakened in the treatment of forests, wood harvesting and storage of wood. The Finnish Forest Centre controls the Act. Natural Resources Institute Finland monitors the health of forests and changes in this.

Related links
Forest Damages Prevention Act
Contingency Plan for Forest Damages of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Further information

Tatu Torniainen, Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Luonnonvaraosasto, Metsä- ja bioenergiayksikkö 0295162162