Multifunctional forests

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The city’s forests are multifunctional forests. The multifunctional nature of forests means that, depending on the location of the forests and their current use, forests are managed in a manner that corresponds to the main purpose of forest use, while taking several different objectives into account at the same time. When planning forest management measures, the following objectives will be taken into account at the same time: recreational use, biodiversity, economic objectives, carbon sink and storage and possible land use objectives.

As general guidelines, in connection with the decision-making of the strategic forest plan, the City Council has decided on the following principles:

  • to promote biodiversity
  • to make the effort to increase the number of nature reserves
  • the felling plan for the city’s forests is approx. 49,000 m3 per year, while forest growth is approx. 77,000 m3
  • the city’s forests serve as both carbon sinks and carbon storages
  • forests in land use change areas are managed according to their future land use form
  • continuous cultivation will be increased
  • the health status of trees and the success of continuous cultivation will be specifically monitored
  • planning and implementation of forest management mainly takes place interactively with residents
  • the strategic forest plan is implemented by the Forests and Waters unit in cooperation with other actors and stakeholders
  • the principles of the plan are valid for the next 20 years, unless there is a special reason to come back to them earlier
  • as part of the implementation of the forest plan, a plan for the recreational use of nature will be created for Kuopio.

The implementation of the principles and objectives is monitored in a sample-based manner, and the results of the monitoring are reported to the City Council each council term.

Contact information

Tapio Kiiskinen

Forestry Engineer

– forest management and felling plans

+358 44 718 5539

Markku Immonen

forestry supervisor

– tree management, villa parcels – forest management and felling plans

+358 500 576 752

Heikki Soininen

City Forest Officer

– hunting matters

+358 44 718 5269

Katja Hartikainen

Land Use Engineer

– City’s private road partnerships

+358 44 718 5537

Jukka Laukkanen

Area Manager

Urban forests

+358 44 718 5069