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Taiga/Boreal Forest

Restoration of Boreal Forests and Forest-Covered Mires
The principal objective of the project is to speed up the recovery of former commercial forests toward a resemblance of their natural state. Ecological restoration measures are undertaken mostly in Natura 2000 areas managed by the Metsähallitus.

Life Nature Projects of Metsähallitus
Nature conservation actions financed under this instrument contribute to the implementation of the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive. In particular, the actions aim to maintain and restore the habitats and species listed in both Directives to a favourable conservation status. As the creation of NATURA 2000 as a coherent ecological network of protected areas in the EU is central to both Directives, Life-Nature is focused them. The overall objective of Life financing is to promote the implementation of Community policy and legislation in the field of the environment.

Fire as a Tool in Restoring Forest Successional Properties and Biodiversity in Managed and Protected Boreal Forests
The project aims at revealing how fire and forest structure affect ecosystem properties in eastern Fennoscandian boreal forets. The emphasis is on diversity of the forest-dwelling species and especially of the threatened species. The main objective of the experiment is to reveal what are the ecological consequences of fire on biota when tree biomass before fire varies. The results are applicable both in restoring natural forests in protected areas and in developing new forest management guidelines in production forests.

LIFE to KOLI – Restoration of the Forests and Meadows in the National Park
The project will draw up a long-term management/restoration plan for forests, meadows and bog woodlands. More specifically, a 50 year controlled burning plan will be drawn up to ensure the continued presence of freshly burnt forests and pastures which are so important to the habitats and their wildlife. A restoration plan will be devised for the cultivated forests and peatlands to ensure there is an abundant supply of decaying wood in the forests and a rewetting of the mires through ditch blocking. Finally, a maintenance plan will be drawn up to manage the meadows and prevent their overgrowth.

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