Natural monuments are protected natural formations

Trees, groups of trees, glacial erratic blocks and other natural formations may be protected as natural monuments. Natural formations may be protected due to their beauty, rarity, scenic relevance or scientific value.

It is prohibited to destroy or damage a protected natural monument.

The protection decision is made by the authority in whose territory the natural monument is located. A decision to protect a natural monument on private land is made by the municipality upon application or with the consent of the landowner.

A municipality may also terminate the protection of a natural monument. If the owner has applied for the termination of protection, the municipality requests a statement of the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment on the matter. If the initiative to terminate protection comes from the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, the owner of the area concerned is consulted.

Further information

Janne Hesso, Specialist 
Ministry of the Environment, Department of the Natural Environment, Biodiversity 0295250008