Map of post locations.
Lighting a fire and the right of public access
Probably every Finn know that he has a right of public access. However, few remember that the right goes hand in hand with responsible behavior. To respect and preserve the nature is something we all should remember both during our free time and while we are at work.
Biologically mire is an ecosystem where mire vegetation grows and forms fresh peat; also animals from centipedes to ospreys are a part of this ecosystem.
When we wander the forests we can rarely see the timid mammals that live there. However these mammals leave their visiting cards from which a nature lover can easily identify different species.
The history of a tree
A felled tree like this one can tell us quite a lot about our cultural heritage. In the bygone days a “lumber-jack” felled a massive pine for timber. In the felled tree he found some rot.
The Kätkävaara area has been a seabed in ancient times. The boulders in Kätkävaara were originally sand that deposited in the shallow coastal waters more than 2 000 million years ago.
Ancient shores in Kätkävaara
About 9000-8900 years ago the continental glazier melted and retreated from Tervola and Kätkävaara. The waters of Lake Ancylus then covered these areas.
Kätkävaara stands over 180 meters above sea level. Biogeographically this area belongs to a zone between Northern Ostrobothnia and the geographical Lapland, which starts to the north of this area.
Estimating the age of a tree
If the soil is low in nutrients and climate is harsh, trees grow slower than in more favourable conditions can be more than hundred years old but only couple of meters in length.
Littoral deposits do not occur only on the shores of present-day waterways, you can find them in all those areas, that have been on water level or under it since the last ice age.
Tervola belongs to Finland’s reindeer management area. However, here in the southern part of Lapland, reindeer husbandry is often a subsidiary livelihood for people who earn their living from agriculture and forestry.
Carved signs on trees
There are old pine trees on top of Kätkävaara with various wooden signs carved on them. These pines are hundreds of years old and can be found in the very highest areas of hill.