UPM-Kymmene proposes a donation of more than 500 hectares of forest land on Repovesi wilderness area in southern Finland to the state of Finland. This enables the foundation of a new national park. In addition, the company is prepared to protect 1,200 hectares of its forest land surrounding the forthcoming national park. The negotiations on the boundary lines and conditions of protection with the authorities will commence immediately. The UPM-Kymmene decision is still subject to the approval of the General Shareholders meeting of next spring.
"We wanted this way to complete the long-lasting protection process and create an opportunity to establish a new Repovesi national park with no obligations to the local land owners or the State of Finland to financially participate in the venture. We are also willing to protect an additional forest area of 1,200 hectares surrounding the forth-coming park. In this and the donated area UPM-Kymmene has not carried out any logging during the past ten years", Juha Niemelä, President and CEO of UPM-Kymmene states.
After the proposed donation the State of Finland will own a forest land area of 1,500 hectares and the national park can be established. The Finnish law of conservation of nature will regulate the protection and recreational use of the proposed area remaining to the ownership of UPM-Kymmene. The national park and UPM-Kymmene's protected area will form an entity which mainly follows the boundary lines of protection proposed by the Finnish National Park Committee.
The wilderness area of Repovesi, where UPM-Kymmene owns a lot of forests, is located in South Finland in North-Valkeala in the province of Kymenlaakso. Repovesi is a wilderness area with plenty of lakes and forests. It is unique, thanks to great variation of the terrain height, a network of more than 60 lakes, ponds and streamlets connecting them and diversity of forests.
The negotiations with the authorities about boundary lines and conditions of protection will commence immediately. The UPM-Kymmene decisions on protection are subject to approval of the General Shareholders Meeting of next spring.
Picture from Repovesi >>
For further information please contact:
Ms. Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Environmental Manager, UPM-Kymmene Forest,
tel. (mobile) +358 400-754 748
Mr. Vesa Moisio, Vice President, Land Administration, UPM-Kymmene Group,
tel. (mobile) +358 400-252 499
12 November, 2001