Leivonmäki National Park in municipality of Joutsa.
One third of the total land area in Finland was originally covered by mires, but their use has been so intensive that less than one third of the original mire area is today in a natural state. In Finland the ecological and regional diversity of mires is higher than in any other region equal size in the world.
A rapidly expanding forest drainage in the 1960's was a reason to start the work to save at least part of the Finnish mires. First mire conservation plans were completed at that time, including Haapasuo Mire, which was taken in mire conservation in 1980. In 1991 was established a Haapasuo-Syysniemi nature reserve area and in 2003 Leivonmäki National Park.
In Leivonmäki National Park you can experience the diversity of natural features of Central Finland Region. Characteristic for the park are mires, lakes, shores and esker forests. In a relatively small area (30 sq.km), there are valuable natural features in a diverse landscape. Especially protected areas are the large Haapasuo Mire, which is in its' natural state, and the esker formation running through the area. The National Park is very important in conserving threatened animal and plant species and so being very useful for study and research.
In the wilderness-like landscape of Leivonmäki National Park, the hiking trails and duckboards are ideal for day trips, because of their suitable length (2-7 km) and because they are not too demanding. There are several campfire places in the area, some of which have shelters. The camping sites and lean-to shelters attract visitors to stay overnight in the National Park. The area is managed by Metsähallitus.
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