VALVE Forest Project
With the VALVE Forest project, the John Nurminen Foundation, Metsähallitus, and private forest owners seek to find cost-efficient, discharge-reducing solutions and practices for waterway protection in peatland forestry, achieved through planning and cooperation done separately for each catchment area.
A quarter of Finland’s standing timber is on peatland. According to latest research results, drained peatland is a significant source of nutrients, solids, and humus discharges that contribute to the load of waterways. The load from forestry to waterways is in fact greater than what has been estimated earlier. Forests on drained peatland, in particular, are a source of nutrients, solids, humus, and dissolved carbon. In addition to inland waters, the impact forestry has on waterways is evident also in the Baltic Sea.
There are a number of good methods, practices, and planning tools that can help us reduce the impact forestry has on the waterways. When planning is done per catchment area, these methods can be utilized as we identify the areas that are most important for water protection, and plan cost-efficient protection measures. Waterway-friendly forestry can be combined with other objectives for forest use. The objectives of gamekeeping and nature management are usually very much in line with the objectives of waterway protection.
The VALVE Forest project invites the forest owners of the Tilanjoki catchment area, located in the Kiiminkijoki waterway, to work with us in the search for impactful solutions and practices that help curb nutrient loads. At the same time, we strive to make sure that the Tilanjoki, a river with unique natural value, retains its current, excellent status. Private forest owners who participate in the project will be compensated for the costs accrued by improving the efficiency of waterway protection, and also compensated for loss of income, if any, due to the water protection measures.
The VALVE Forest project, launched in 2021, is implemented by the John Nurminen Foundation, Metsähallitus, and the forest owners of the Tilanjoki river catchment area. The project is financed by the John Nurminen Foundation, Metsähallitus, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in connection with the project subsidies for water management in agriculture and forestry. The subsidy is managed by the Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.
The members of the project’s Steering Group are:
Markku Ekdahl, MTK
Aino Hyttinen, Rokua-Paljakka forest management association
Samuli Joensuu, Tapio
Antti Otsamo, Metsähallitus
Marjukka Porvari, John Nurminen Foundation
Jaana Rintala, the Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Anne-Mari Rytkönen, the Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Arto Tolonen, Metsähallitus
Matti Välimäki, Suomen Metsäkeskus
Aleksi Räsänen, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Project Manager, VALVE Forest Project,
John Nurminen Foundation
+358 40 719 0208
Forest environment and restoration specialist
Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd.
+358 40 718 2561
Leading water management expert
Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
+358 295 083 038