Over the course of time, however, the way Finns use forests has changed. In a sparsely populated country, Finns used to live in the middle of or close to the forest. The environment gave them almost everything they needed. The connection between modern urban people and the forest is more distant, and we make use of the material commodities the forests offer mainly in the form of processed products. The immaterial benefits yielded by forests have become more and more important to many people. The use of forests for recreation has increased and become more versatile.
Toim.: Markku Rauhalahti