Metsä Group’s FSC nature site service
FSC forest certification requires that forest owners permanently exclude at least five per cent of the surface area of forestland from forestry use. If your estate does not have five per cent of suitable land to exclude from forestry use, and if you are our contract customer, you have the option of making use of our FSC nature site service.
In this service, Metsä Group leases valuable nature sites to its contract customers who belong to the FSC group and whose estates do not offer suitable sites. This means that the forest owner does not need to protect commercial forest and ensures that protection measures target more valuable sites instead. The goal is to create a network of interconnected protected areas to form larger entities under protection.
The FSC nature site service enables protection to be outsourced partly or entirely. The cost-free service is available to our contract customers with at least 500 ha* of forest. If the forest estate is home to valuable nature sites, as defined by FSC, these must always be conserved. They cannot be ignored through the use of the nature site service.
*The five per cent protection requirement does not apply to forest owners with less than 20 ha of forest.