Juha Niemelä, President and CEO, UPM-Kymmene Corporation today handed over to Ms. Satu Hassi, Minister of the Environment, a deed of gift for approximately 560 hectares of land in Southeast Finland where the Repovesi National Park will be established.
Additionally, UPM-Kymmene applied to the Southeast Regional Environment Centre for protection of an area totalling 1,400 hectares surrounding the envisaged national park. This nature conservation area will remain the property of the company and is to be protected under the Nature Conservation Act. The conservation area will be governed by an administrative committee with representatives of the Forest and Park Services, the Southeast Regional Environment Centre and UPM-Kymmene.
After the donation, a comprehensive area of about 1,500 hectares in Repovesi will be state-owned. The Ministry of the Environment will circulate for comment a proposed bill for the establishment of the Repovesi National Park, before presenting it in the Council of State. It is predicted that the Finnish Parliament will be able to pass the bill later this year.
Repovesi, which is planned as a "new generation" national park, will cover a relatively small area. This will be compensated by the surrounding conservation area owned by UPM-Kymmene. The overall layout makes it possible to choose carefully the location of the required services, which is of capital importance with a view to the conservation aims. Part of the required guidance and other services, will be situated outside the park in envisaged new nature conservation area.
The Southeast Regional Environment Centre will circulate for comments the application of UPM-Kymmene for protection of the area surrounding the Repovesi National Park and will then finalize the decision on the status of the area.
For Southern Finland, the Repovesi area is exceptional. Small ponds and lakes are dispersed over it, and there is a great variation of elevation. There are several steep rocks rising out of ponds and lakes. There are also areas of crushed stones, cavernous formations and smooth rock surfaces. Around the rocks, spruce swamps, mires and other small wetland areas alternate with lush herb-rich turf. The bird population includes the diver, red-throated diver, eagle owl and willow grouse.
For additional information please contact:
Mr. Vesa Moisio, Vice President, Land Administration, UPM-Kymmene, tel. +358 400 252 499
Ms. Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Environmental Manager, UPM-Kymmene, tel. +358 400 754 748
16 May, 2002