Threatened species in forestry

25) In forest management, take note of threatened species as specified in the operating model Threatened species in forestry (Uhanalaiset lajit metsätaloudessa 2011). The Finnish Forest Centre and centres for economic development, transport and the environment will introduce the practices described in the operating model. The power to decide on operating methods lies with the forest holder.

Responsible institutions: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of the Environment

Schedule: 2013–2020

Status in 2018: Threatened species in forestry were chosen from the list of threatened species from 2010. The work was conducted as a part of the project Threatened Species in Forestry 2009–2011. The Forest Centre receives annually information on the 501 chosen forest species and the Siberian flying squirrel. Finnish Forest Industries receives information on species who are listed to be threatened by forestry in the Red List from 2010 (869 species). The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners orders data for forestry management associations almost every second year.

The use of the operating model is further warranted by criterion 12 of the PEFC Forest Certification, according to which ”forest management procedures shall safeguard, a) the previously known habitats of the strictly protected endangered species that are demarcated and informed to the land owner/ manager by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment b) area of breeding and resting of animal species of the Annex IV (a) of the Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna c) the previously known habitats of other endangered species according to the approach set in the Protection of Endangered Species in Forest Management”

The application of the operating model has been significantly aided by the improved visibility of species distribution data in services for actors in forestry, and land-owners, for example the Metsää website. The list of forest species needs an update, which is to be based on the fifth Finnish assessment of threatened species in forestry published in 2019.


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