Safeguarding forest biodiversity is a key element of overall sustainable forestry. The goal of nature management is to improve the state of forest biodiversity. Nature management can be used to ensure the preservation of valuable habitats, endangered species, cleaner water bodies, and diverse forest nature for future generations.
The quality of nature management in commercial forests can be improved by leaving groups of retention trees, preserving decaying wood, leaving protection zones along water bodies, creating water protection structures, increasing mixed-species tree stands, and preserving natural sites and game habitats.
The Finnish Forest Centre is strongly involved in promoting nature management through the METSO programme, the Helmi Programme, nature management projects and nature management development projects. The Finnish Forest Centre offers advice and training on various aspects of nature management to both forest owners and forest operators.