Observation in the forestry sector

The Metsähallitus environmental guide for forestry has drawn attention to forest management in wild forest reindeer areas. Forestry measures that spare the lichen cover should be favoured in overwintering areas. It is suggested that trees spared in forest regeneration should be stands of spruce with beard lichen. Good calving places, such as pine swamps and bogs, with their surrounding areas, should be saved.

Metsähallitus environmental guide from the Metsähallitus website.

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Wild forest reindeer

Latin name: Rangifer tarandus fennicus, a wild "cousin" of the reindeer

Range and numbers:

In Finland, 750 individuals in Kainuu and 1,450-1,500 in Suomenselkä

In Russian Karelia up to 2,400, with an estimated 1,500 in Arkhangelsk and 2,500 in Kom (the question of the taxonomic status of wild reindeer of Arkhangelsk province and Komi Republic is open and requires special research). See range map.

Conservation status in Finland: Near Threatened (NT)