A cultural environment in the forest consists of ancient remains and other cultural relics. They are protected by various regulations.
Cultural relics in the forest can be divided into two categories:
- Ancient remains, which are protected under the Swedish Heritage Conservation Act.
- Other cultural relics, which are protected under the Swedish Forestry Act.
Ancient remains include pit traps, old settlements and prehistoric graves. Ancient remains and the surrounding areas must not be damaged by felling operations.
Examples of other cultural relics in the forest are remains from driving timber down watercourses, heaps of stones cleared from the fields, stone walls, charcoal pits, tar piles and old cottages left by forestry workers.