Kuusikkosuo is one of the last remaining unprotected marsh mires in the Ranua community. There is a danger of peat production that would destroy the ecosystem and natural values of this globally significant marshland area in the northern boreal region.
Marsh mires are a type of wetland, dominated by living plants that form shallow peat deposits. They arise from the incomplete decomposition of organic matter, usually litter from vegetation, due to waterlogging. They are a rare ecosystem type that store large amounts of carbon and support bird life.
Kuusikkosuo is slated for an open market auction, so Snowchange Cooperative of Finland is urgently seeking funding to conserve 95 hectares of this fully intact boreal marshland. The Snowchange Cooperative runs the Landscape Rewilding Programme and will acquire, conserve and protect the site.
The Kuusikkosuo is an ‘aapa’ mire, which is a broad open wetland occurring mostly in northern Finland. They are minerotrophic, meaning they receive their nutrients from a broad catchment area of surrounding land. In the spring they are fed by snowmelt, with collected water forming what appear to be lakes.
Kuusikkosuo has international importance for its value as a carbon sink, a biodiversity hotspot (particularly for Arctic waders), and a key area for natural water protection. If purchased, the site will receive a national conservation status equal to IUCN 1b Strict Natural Protection.
The non-profit Snowchange Cooperative is a network of northern traditional and Indigenous communities. This land purchase will benefit the local Ranua community, providing a recreational and traditional land use area for their needs and cultural well-being. Representatives of Ranua will be involved in the steering and co-governance of all conservation and future actions, including inventories and the establishment of ranger programs.
If you are interested in supporting this project please use the form to the right to submit an inquiry.