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

Scientific name: Rangifer tarandus fennicus

Range and numbers:

In Finland, 800 individuals in Kainuu, 2000 individuals in Suomenselkä and about 20 individuals in Seitseminen and Lauhanvuori National Parks (reintroduced populations).

In Russian Karelia up to 2,400. See range map.

Conservation status in Finland (2019): Near Threatened (NT)