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25.06.2020 Kirsi Suojoki

The renewed Excursionmap.fi is an excellent service for hikers in Finland

Metsähallitus’ Excursionmap.fi map service, known as the number one tool of all hikers, has been renewed. In addition to improvements made to technical functionality, the map has been complemented with photographs of the most popular sites, the information contents of the map have been increased, and the map is now updated more frequently.

18.03.2020 Tanja Vallo

Changes to the cancellation policy for wilderness permits

The terms of purchase and cancellation for permits issued by Metsähallitus will be applied in a modified flexible manner for the time being due to the coronavirus epidemic. This situation is considered a force majeure as specified in our terms and conditions, which means that permits can be cancelled before the permit period begins.

18.12.2019 Kirsi Suojoki

Finland stops using plastic fishing markers in its waters

Metsähallitus, which manages state-owned waters in Finland, intends to eliminate the use of plastic in fishing traps. For many decades, fishers have attached a plastic marker to their traps in order to indicate payment of a fishing permit. The goal is to completely eliminate the use of plastic in the state-owned enterprise.

09.12.2019 Kirsi Suojoki

Metsähallitus recommends the fisheries management fee as an environmentally friendly Christmas gift

If you intend to fish in Finland and you are between the ages of 18 and 64, you must pay the fisheries management fee. Payment of this fee is not required if you are only ice fishing, hook and line fishing or fishing with a simple herring rig. As Christmas approaches, Metsähallitus would like to remind people that, in contrast to a material gift, the fisheries management fee is not a burden on nature but an investment in the well-being of nature, people and society. Proceeds from the fee are used, for example, to manage fishing waters and fish stocks.

25.11.2019 Aku Ahlholm

Drones and GPS can cause hunters to break the law

Metsähallitus’ wilderness supervision has noticed that new technical devices are being used illegally when hunting. For example, drones and GPS trackers have been utilised in ways that violate the law.