RMK profit increased 29% in a year  02.02

According to preliminary data, RMK (State Forest Management Centre) earned a profit of EUR 40.7 million on a turnover of EUR 163.5 million in 2014. Compared to the previous year, the turnover increased by 5.6% and the profit by 29.3%.
According to Aigar Kallas, Chairman of the Management Board of RMK, the increase was mainly due to the improved quality of timber. “The sold quantity of timber remained the same as last year; however, the proportion of logs increased to 45%. In 2013, the proportion of logs accounted for 40% of RMK’s total sales,” Kallas said. “The eventual yield of logs was increased due to the more skilled execution of the harvesting process as well as the improved capability of the timber industry to process increasingly thinner timber on site.  

In total, RMK sold 3.2 million cubic metres of timber for EUR 151 million in 2014, plus 140,000 cubic metres of wood chips. Pulpwood accounted for 36%, firewood 15%, and wood chips for 4% of the total sales volume of RMK. In 2013, RMK’s sales turnover was EUR 155 million and profit EUR 31.5 million.  

In 2014, RMK’s recreational and protected areas were visited 1.9 million times. Within the year, 533 kilometres of study and hiking trails were established and reconditioned. “Moving around in nature becomes more and more popular each year, with RMK’s recreational infrastructure bringing an ever increasing number of people into the forest,” said Aigar Kallas. Over the last few years RMK has developed, above all, two branches of the long hiking trail running across Estonia, which connect already existing trails and recreation objects to each other. Last year, almost 70,000 people used the 375 km long Oandu-Ikla and 628 km long Aegviidu-Ärijärve branches of the hiking trail for hiking.

EUR 1.8 million was spent on nature conservation works on state land in 2014. This mainly involved the establishment of the infrastructure, necessary for the restoration of swamps and maintenance of meadows. “For example, we completed the Kloostri bridge-regulator, necessary for the maintenance of the Kasari flood meadow - Northern Europe’s largest - and prolonging the flood period,” Kallas said. “A project that had lasted for a year-and-a-half also came to an end, as a result of which we mapped and placed under protection the movement corridor of flying squirrels in their main habitat in Alutaguse forests.”

The volumes of silviculture works in 2014 remained on the same level as last year. A total of 18.5 million trees were added to the state forest, 10.8 million of which were pines, 6.6 million spruces and 1.1 million birches. Regeneration cutting was done on 9512 hectares, accounting for 1% of the total area of Estonia’s state forest land under the care of RMK. Two-thirds of the clear cut areas were regenerated by planting or sowing and the natural regrowth method was selected for one-third. Forest renewal was maintained on 23,048 hectares, cleaning of young growth to improve their habitat conditions was done on 19,372 hectares and thinning in middle-aged forests was done on 9915 hectares.  

RMK is the keeper, protector and manager of the forest and other natural biotic communities belonging to the Republic of Estonia. RMK earns a profit for the state through forest management, growing reforestation material, and organising forest and nature conservation works. In addition, RMK establishes opportunities for nature walking in recreational and protected areas and shapes nature awareness. RMK consists of the Sagadi Forest Centre, the Elistvere Animal Park, the Tartu Tree Nursery, 70% of the Estonian-Finnish joint company AS Eesti Metsataim and the Põlula Fish Farm. More than 700 people work for RMK.  

Further information:
Aigar Kallas
Chairman of the Management Board of RMK
Tel: 528 1299
e-mail aigar.kallas@rmk.ee