Merja Salo's memorial forest
Veitsalmi comprises approximately four hectares, is located in Luumäki, and borders on the shores of lake Kivijärvi. This herb-rich forest by the lake shore is almost completely dominated by birch and aspen, and golden orioles have been spotted in the area.
This herb-rich forest with its aging broadleaf trees also has potential to become a treasure trove for the white-backed woodpecker and other woodpeckers.
Veitsalmi is a memorial forest in honour of Professor of Photography Merja Salo (1953–2018). Merja Salo launched the memorial fundraiser after she found out about her serious illness, and donated tens of thousands of euros to make up the fund’s initial capital.