Severe forest damages are quite rare in Finland. So far the health of Finnish forests is good, but climate change and immigrant species may increase the risks. Occasional local forest damage include storms, snow, moose and annosus root rot. Latest storms have occurred in July–August 2010 and in December 2011. Both storms felled millions of cubic meters of wood. Forest fires have been successfully prevented through efficient fire control.
European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) has caused serious damage in southern and south-eastern Finland during 2010, 2011 and 2012. Spruce bark beetle has benefitted from the dry, hot summers especially in 2010 and 2011.
Forest administration has prepared itself for extensive storms and other damages in forests by compiling preparedness plans.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is currently preparing a new Law on Forest Damages. Legislation aims to ensure that the health of forests is not weakened in the treatment of forests, wood harvesting and storage of wood. The Finnish Forest Centre controls the prevention of insect and fungi damages. The Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla monitors the health of forests and changes in this.