Mission

The State Forests is the largest organisation in the European Union managing forests which belong to the State Treasury. We manage almost one third of Poland’s territory considered particularly valuable as it is overgrown by forests. What is more important this part is systematically increasing thanks to the foresters’ effort.
07.09.2016

The State Forests is the largest organisation in the European Union managing forests which belong to the State Treasury. We manage almost one third of Poland’s territory considered particularly valuable as it is overgrown by forests. What is more important this part is systematically increasing thanks to the foresters’ effort.

We take care of forests' biodiversity, protect them from many threats: natural disasters, pest infestations, tree diseases, fires, pollution, and from the consequences of poaching and vandalism. In this way we care about the nature but also enable the Polish citizens to use the forest resources safely – safely both for the people and for the forests. We also ensure that the forest management supplying to the market universal ecological raw material which is wood is carried out in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, taking into account all the functions that forests fulfil. This has been recognized, among others, by international certificates held by the Regional Directorates of State Forests.

One of our main tasks is to make forests accessible to the whole society. The state supervision and protection of the vast majority of them provides a fundamental advantage - free public access to forests. So all those who look for forest recreation are encouraged to use abundant tourist offer of the State Forests. There are resorts, forester’s lounges, guest rooms, beautifully situated in the wild woodlands. All the information you need to plan leisure attractions in the forests, you will find in our Forest Tourist Guide Czaswlas.pl.

Foresters are the source of plentiful knowledge about the Polish forests, their history, natural beauty, etc. We are committed to educational and promotional activities that allow Polish citizens to learn better about the important part of the national heritage, which are forests. We publish books, periodicals, brochures, we run a website www.lasy.gov.pl. For children, the youth and teachers we prepared forest vortal "Las Rysia eRysia" (www.erys.pl).Our team of professionals has been supporting schools at different stages of education. In cooperation with non-governmental organizations we organize one-off and periodic actions aimed at expanding the knowledge about forest, nature, ecology. We also cooperate with scientific centers, supporting research in the field of forestry.

For foresters, the forest is not only a place of work, but also a passion. Every day, 25 thousand people employed in the State Forests work with commitment in order to help Polish forests survive and evolve. They work in better and better conditions. The tradition of the State Forests, which has celebrated the 90th anniversary recently, is combined with the latest achievements of science and technology. We implement the latest generation forest machinery, measuring and monitoring equipment, and other tools that make our job safe, fast and efficient. We care a great deal about the use of information technology. The State Forests information system which collect and process data, supports: forest management, economic planning, and their subsequent supervision. Timber coming from state forests one can buy over the Internet - in the Forest and Timber Portal and via e-wood application.

Polish forests are the property of the whole nation.Adam Loret, the first director of the State Forests and the great authority of the foresters, wrote about it:

The importance of forestry is not limited to the economic life of the nation. Forest still has many irreplaceable assets for the country, not to mention its impact on climate, humidity and soil protection, health and so on. Only the state, as the owner, through the rational management of forests can highlight the economic, natural and cultural benefits for the country coming from the forest. The State, whose existence is not measured by the short span of human life, should care for both: the present and the future well-being of the nation and the Country.