We in the association Hitis & Rosala Nature Conservation, are archipelago residents ourselves, and we believe in the forest owner's right to decide and make decisions about his property.
Therefore, we have listed here only methods that are 100% based on the forest owner volunteering. Agencies that pay proper compensation, or who offer to buy forest areas at market value.
If you have a forest that you like, and would like to keep in natural state, then you have several different alternatives for compensation.MetsoYou can make a temporary conservation for a set number of years:You can make an agreement with the NTM Central to protect the forest for 20 years
, then the compensation is tax-free for private forest owners. Then you remain the owner and when the protection period ends, you can decide whether you want to continue protecting the forest for additional compensation, or if you want to end the program.-You can make an environmental support agreement with the Forestry Center Kemera for 10 years.
On this environmental support, the forest owner pays capital tax. You remain the owner but promise not to cut down the forest for a set time.You can also choose a permanent conservation, and make your forest a nature conservation area:
Of course, with a permanent protection, the compensation is greater. You can choose to preserve the area with the help of the NTM central, but remain the owner, and then the compensation is tax-free. Or you can choose to completely sell the area to the NTM central for normal value, and then the deal is tax-free for the forest owner.
Metso is particularly interested in forests where there are plenty of forests with different species of plantlife, wetlands, and older largely untouched forests. But all forests can be of interest if they are not recently harvested, and there is some biodiversity left.
Read more about the Metso programs here.
It is easy to fill in a form via the web and ask for a quote for preserving your forest, you do not commit to anything. You are also very welcome to contact us, and we will help you to get more information.Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation fr
A private foundation whose purpose is to protect old forests. Founded in 1995, they have protected 104 forest areas. They buy forests of interest at market value, and protect them through the Nature Conservation Act. Forests have dual protection through the Nature Conservation Act and the Foundations statutes. The foundation functions 100% through donations.
They are very interested in buying old forests in Southern Finland, as most of their protected forests are higher up in Finland. More about them here.