06.03.2006 - Olav Etverk was elected as the new chairman of the RMK supervisory board 29.09

The State Forest Management Centre (RMK) supervisory board, at its 28 February meeting, elected vice chancellor for natural protection and forestry at the Ministry of the Environment Olav Etverk, as its new chairman.

Olav Etverk graduated from the Estonian Agricultural Academy (EPA) in 1990 with a specialty in forestry. In 1991-2000 he worked as a forester in various forest districts, and in 2000-2001 as the chairman of the RMK internal audit commission. From 2001, he has worked at various posts in the Ministry of the Environment.

The previous chairman of the supervisory board, Andres Onemar, submitted his resignation from the office and the supervisory board in connection with his commencement of work as the Development Manager at RMK. In the interim, the duties of the chairman of the supervisory board were performed by the vice chairman, Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) professor and chairman of the environmental protection commission at the Academy of Sciences, Urmas Tartes.  

In addition to the aforementioned persons, the following persons belong to the supervisory board: Minister of the Environment Villu Reiljan, Tallinn  University of Technology docent Kostel Gerndorf, advisor to the Minister of the Environment Karel Rüütli, Riigikogu (Parliament) members Küllo Arjakas and Rein Randver, Centre of Forest Protection and Silviculture director Kalle Karoles, and Ivar Sikk, head of the Ministry of Finance State Budget Department.

“RMK has a competent and active administration, in co-operation with whom we can perform our functions well” said Olav Etverk. “And because there is an excellent development schedule already in place, no significant changes need to be made in the near future".

RMK, the manager of the state forests, is a profit-making state agency which is founded on the basis of the Forest Act and whose primary goal is the preservation and effective management of state forests. RMK grows reforestation materials, organises forest work, and deals with the sale of forest and timber, as well as game management. In addition, RMK creates trails and forest vacation opportunities at recreation areas, and develops environmental awareness. RMK preserves and manages nearly 40% of Estonia’s forests.

Additional information:
Ülo Viilup
RMK Director General
+372 676 7007

Olav Etverk
RMK supervisory board chairman
+372 626 2913
+372 503 2190