This year, RMK to renew forest paths and drainage systems on 150 Estonian sites  14.10

By the end of the current year, the State Forest Management Centre (RMK) will renew or reconstruct over 360 kilometres of forest paths and 18,300 hectares of forest drainage systems.
According to Margus Reimann, Head of RMK’s Forest Improvement Department, RMK will invest a total of EUR 18.7 million into the development of the state forest’s infrastructure, making it possible to complete close to 150 sites across Estonia. “Currently, nearly every day another site is completed in RMK’s forests – either a reconstructed forest path, forest drainage system, a large culvert or bridge,” said Reimann, adding that forest improvement will continue at a similar capacity for the next few years.  

RMK is contributing an average of EUR 1.3 million to the reconstruction or renewal of forest drainage systems and forest roads in each county. One of the largest sites to be completed is the 4,250-hectare forest drainage system of Kiissa, located in the Alutaguse Forest District of Ida-Viru County, which includes 15 forest paths with a combined length of 36 kilometres. This site will receive an investment of EUR 3.82 million.

Forest drainage systems are renewed in the forest for the purpose of retaining the previously achieved additional forest growth and ensuring the better quality of the timber. Renewing forest paths make it easier to carry out forest management works, provides better access in case of forest fires and helps make everyman's right more convenient to use. 

Nearly one half of the forest areas managed by RMK – more than 400,000 hectares – are covered with forest drainage systems and the total length of forest paths is 8,300 kilometres.  

RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at the sustainable and efficient management of state forests. RMK grows reforestation material, organises forest works, executes practical nature protection works and is engaged in forest and timber sales. Additionally, RMK establishes opportunities for nature walking and forest holidays in recreation areas, in Estonia’s five national parks and almost 40 other protected areas, and shapes nature awareness. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.  

Further information:
Margus Reimann
Head of the RMK Forest Improvement Department
Telephone 502 1510