Project Lake Mälaren Inner Archipelago – restoration and management

Maintenance of forest and open farmland is necessary to maintain the natural values around Lake Mälaren.
Hay meadow

The high natural values of Lake Mälaren’s inner archipelago have resulted largely  from a combination of very favorable climate, historical land use and the relatively slight impact of modern forestry and agriculture. But due to changes in land use during recent decades, habitats and ecosystems that have developed over many centuries are now being threatened.  Today, the Lake Mälaren inner archipelago is a significantly underutilized resource that more people should have the opportunity to discover.  

Therefore, a major information effort will be made in connection with the project’s restoration and management measures in the various areas involved. Those management measures are based on the natural conditions and cultural heritage of the project area. Action will be carried out on over 2100 hectares of forest and grassland, almost half of which involves a re-creation of natural environments that has changed dramatically. In addition, the species hermit beetle and Alisma wahlenbergii, will benefit from these actions, both of which have a relatively strong foothold on Lake Mälaren. The project will also focus on information to the public and visitors, partly to increase the accessibility of the area and understanding of the work and partly to reduce disturbance in sensitive areas. A number of permanent demonstration plots will, for example, be established. In addition to a changing landscape, the project will create new ferry docking sites on several islands, fence large areas for grazing, improve the trail system (both with nature trails and handicap-accessible paths), build new bird-observation towers, resting huts and hides etc.

Photograph: County Administration Board