Matti Aalto has been elected chairman of the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation. Mr Aalto has a long experience of nature and environmental issues through his work in the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and BirdLife Finland. He has been a board member in the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation since 2019. He is an engineer with a master’s degree.
“The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation has been more and more active recently, which means that there is a need for us in our society. Making a donation to the foundation is a concrete way of contributing to the protection of nature and the climate,” the new chairman comments.
The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation was established by Pentti Linkola in 1995 to protect Finland’s nature, first and foremost threatened forests, with donated funds. Just like Pentti Linkola, Mr Aalto is also a bird enthusiast who enjoys moving out in the open air on foot.
Pentti Linkola, the foundation’s founder and long-term chairman, died at his home in the Ritvala region of Sääksmäki in early April. The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation honours Mr Linkola’s life’s work with a fund-raising campaign, the proceeds being used for a memorial forest.
Mikko Hovila continues as vice chairman of the board. The board also receives a new member, Risto Sulkava, a long-term conservationist and the former chairman of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation. The other members are Heli Jutila, Reidar Palmgren, and Ari-Pekka Auvinen.