In November 2013, the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation received a forest of about 7,4 hectares in the eastern part of Konnevesi when a man named Samuli Hintikka decided to sell his family forest for conservation.
Samuli Hintikka and his wife Marja wanted to call the forest Linnunlaulu (Bird Song), and we have decided to preserve the name. Samuli Hintikka is someone who is familiar with the history of the forest, dating back over a long period of time. At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a brush fire with one third of the forest having remained intact ever since. There are burned tree stumps and burn damages on the bark of the trees still reminding us of this wildfire, which took place over a hundred years ago.
The Linnunlaulu forest rises to the east and northeast of the isthmus between the Papulammit lakes in the village of Kärkkäiskylä in Konnevesi. The forest is dominated by spruces, but where the heath becomes drier, the pine becomes the dominant tree. Even though we are dealing with a forest that is old and intact, the terrain that is partly very stony reduces its magnificence to some extent.
The Papulammit lakes are united by a brook hollow lying in its natural state in the western section of the area, which in its entirety looks like a primeval grove. The number of birches and aspens is considerable in the easternmost section of the forest, where the flying squirrel has also visited, or so it seems. In the same area, there is also a covered brook, which is already protected by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.
The forest is located on both sides of the old road between Vaasa and Kuopio. The road is no longer used very much; in fact, it is turning into a nature trail for the villagers of Hytölä.
Linnunlaulu is the 43rd conservation area of the foundation, the fourth one in Central Finland.