Dasos establishes 5 new conservation areas totalling 88 hectares in the context of https://metsonpolku.fi/etusivu in the Northern Finland. METSO-programme promotes Forest Biodiversity through conservation.
The size of the conservation areas varies from 14-19 hectares, while private forest conservation areas in Finland are only of some 2 ha in average size. The oldest pine and spruce trees growing on the conservation areas are between 160-200-year-old. The conservation areas are also rich in dead- and decaying wood benefiting several species in the forest ecosystem. In addition, groves are found on the areas in which large-diameter aspen and other hardwoods provide a valuable environment for lichen, moss, and mushrooms.
The METSO-programme prohibits commercial use of the forests, but every man’s rights are not waived which means the public can enjoy berry picking and other recreational activities on these properties.