METSO habitats

Sunlit slope on sandy esker ridges is one of ten forested habitats being preserved under the METSO Programme. © Kimmo Syrjänen

The METSO Programme is aimed at helping forest owners conserve the forests that constitute valuable habitats for different species. In Finland, there are ten forested habitats of particular biodiversity value: 

  1. Herb-rich forests
  2. Heathland forests with plenty of decaying wood
  3. Forests adjacent to springs and pools
  4. Wooded mires and the wooded margins of open mires
  5. Swampy woodlands and wooded flood meadows
  6. Sunlit slopes on sandy esker ridges
  7. Biodiversity sites along emergent coastlines
  8. Wooded heritage biotopes
  9. Wooded habitats on calcium-rich bedrock and ultra-alkaline soil
  10. Wooded cliffs, bluffs and boulder fields important for biodiversity
The site selection criteria define which habitats are to be protected under the programme. The criteria cover the most important habitats and structural features in Finland’s forests in terms of biodiversity. Another important selection criterion is the proximity of potential sites to the current network of protected areas. Impacts on economic activities, recreation, tourism and cultural values may also be considered.
Published 2016-03-09 at 15:38, updated 2019-05-29 at 15:04