A private forest owner may receive assistance from the State for forest management and improvement work. State support encourages measures with long-term impacts, whose benefits will be enjoyed by the future generations. Nature management in commercial forests is promoted through environmental support and forest nature management projects. Public funding for forestry is based on the Act on the Financing of Sustainable Forestry.
Forest management and improvement work which may be eligible for support include the tending of young stands, harvesting and chipping of energy wood, ditch cleaning and supplementary ditching and construction of forest roads. Support may also be granted for the prevention of Annosus root rot, remedial fertilisation and prescribed burning. Forest regeneration may be supported if the costs are higher than the harvesting income to be obtained.
Environmental aid may be granted for additional costs and income losses due to preservation and management of habitats of special value. State also finances forest nature management projects. The works to be designed and implemented in these projects are defined in further detail in the legislation. Most of the forest nature management projects have special regional importance. Apart from habitats of special value, they may concern, landscape management, preventing damage to waters and restoration of ditched areas.