Norway protects 40 forested areas

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Norway protects 40 additional forested areas

The Norwegian Government protects 40 forested areas in eight counties. The sanctuaries are habitats for a large number of endangered species.


The decision is a step towards the goal of protecting 10 per cent of the Norwegian forested areas. In total, 87 areas have been protected measuring 169 square kilometres of productive forests in 2018.

– More than 1,100 endangered species and a number of endangered habitats are found in these woods. Hundreds of insect species, fungi and some birds rely on dead woods and old forests. It is therefore important that we protect the most important forest areas so that we contribute to improving the situation for endangered species and habitats, Climate and Environmental Minister, Ola Elvestuen (Liberals), explains.

Friday’s sanctuary decision includes about 90 square kilometres of protected areas containing approximately 59 square kilometres of productive forest.


The effort on forest protection has more than doubled from the previous Government period. During the first six years, the Government has allocated nearly NOK 2.4 billion to forest protection, according to the Ministry.

Some conservation proposals that have been submitted to the ministry this autumn must be postponed until to next year. For the areas Røverkollen in Oslo municipality and Bråstadlia in Gjøvik municipality, protection is suspended to clarify the relationship to mineral interests and development plans for transport.

For 2019, the grant will be continued with NOK 444 million allocated. At the same time, the commitment appropriation is tripled from 116 million to NOK 351 million.


Nature reserveMunicipalityCounty
TingstadSogndalSogn & Fjordane
Hesten *Forsand & StrandRogaland
St. HansåsenHolmestrandVestfold
Sæteråsen *HolmestrandVestfold
Flatdalsåsen *GolBuskerud
Sandungsåsen *Røyken & HurumBuskerud
Pipra & StorrsjøhøgdaNannestad / Nittedal / LunnerAkershus & Oppland
Nesøya, AremarksjøenAremarkØstfold
 Fjella *MarkerØstfold
 Solbrålia & Stordalsberget * SørFronOppland
 BjørnhaugenNordre LandOppland
 Finnsåsmarka *SnåsaTrøndelag
 Ålnestangen & TynestangenSnåsaTrøndelag
 Kvamsfjellet *SteinkjerTrøndelag
Nordelva *BjugnTrøndelag
StorlidalenIndre FosenTrøndelag
BergaIndre FosenTrøndelag
Svarttjønnåsen *MelhusTrøndelag
Gråura *OppdalTrøndelag
Hildremsvatnet *BjugnTrøndelag
Tronstad *LierBuskerud
Finnemarka *Lier & ModumBuskerud
Trillemarka-Rollag MountainSigdal et al **)Buskerud

*           Expanded

**         Sigdal, Rollag, Nore & Uvdal (Altered)


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