The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation Receives More Land To Protect

The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation closed a good deal in September 2012 receiving more land to be placed under protection.

The three-hectare forest area in Lautsia in Hauho became the foundation’s smallest conservation area, which is, however, characterized by exuberance and diversity.

There are old spruces growing in the middle wit a little bog in the north. The southern part is dominated by a cliff in a northwest-southeast direction with lime trees growing at the foot. Deciduous trees growing in a damp soil dominate the forest close to the cliff.

The forest has been called Lukko, and the name will remain. Kettles formed by retreating glaciers, as well as cliffs, have also been called ‘lukko’ – ‘lock’ in English – in the Häme region. This is the 33rd conservation area we have managed to establish in the country and the eighth one in the Häme region.

The Käpyranta area in Tervo, in the Northern Savonia region, was extended with seven hectares, some of them received as a donation, with the total area growing up to twenty hectares. 

Photo: Anneli Jussila.

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