RMK’s recreation areas and ecological reserves received 1.6 million visits last year 22.02

RMK’s monitoring data indicated that recreation areas and ecological reserves administered by RMK received 1.6 million visits last year. A survey, conducted by Turu-uuringute AS, revealed that the satisfaction of people with the services and facilities offered there has grown.

Last year, recreation areas and ecological reserves in the state forests received 1.6 million visits, up 80 000 year on year. According to Marge Rammo, Head of the Nature Preservation Department of RMK, the most visited locations are recreation areas in Tallinn, in Nõva and on the north shore of Lake Peipsi, and Lahemaa National Park.

“The results from the survey revealed that 85% of the population believe that opportunities for recreation and hiking in the State forests are needed and that as many as 93% of the visitors to recreation areas are satisfied with the service provided and the number of facilities,” Marge Rammo noted.

Furthermore, the survey revealed that RMK’s recreation areas are well known: 83% of the population are aware of them. “Thanks to the constant development of the infrastructure and the marking of recreation areas and paths, with each year ever more people are finding their way to the State forest for hiking or holidaying with their families,” Rammo pointed out and added that awareness of the availability of and facilities in recreation areas is highest amongst the younger and middle-aged Estonian-speaking population with a higher education.

RMK has created opportunities for hiking in nature and forest holidays in recreation areas in the State forests, in Estonia’s five national parks and approximately 40 other protected areas. For further information on all opportunities, visit www.loodusegakoos.ee.

RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at sustainable and efficient management of the state forest. RMK grows reforestation materials, organises forestry works, is engaged in the sale of forest and timber and organises game upkeep. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.

Further information:
Marge Rammo
Head of the Nature Preservation Department of RMK
Tel: 676 7530, 513 7035
E-mail: marge.rammo@rmk.ee