The traditional landscape is the greatest conservational value in the Kurimo area. The meadows in the area range from dry heaths to tall-herb humid meadows. The management of the meadows was restarted after a long pause in the 1990s to bring the wild flower species, that used to populate them slowly back to their past splendour. In summer, the meadows are dotted with moon daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare), woodland strawberries (Fragaria vesca), speedwell (Veronica longifolia), harebells (Campanula rotundifolia), and tufted vetch (Vicia cracca). Woodland geranium (Geranium sylvaticum), also known as the mayflower, blooms in various hues of blue and lilac in fresh meadows, while the enchanting scent of cinnamon rose (Rosa majalis) fills the air in the lush rocky patches on the banks of the rapids.

Woodland strawberries in bloom on the banks of the Kurimonkoski rapids and islets. Photo: Marko Sievänen

The forests growing along the Kurimonkoski rapids are lush and in many places dominated by deciduous trees. Near the old residence of the ironworks owner, a spruce fence, now thirty metres high, stands as a reminder of the past. The blue flowers of the magnificent, nearly two-metre larkspur (Delphinium sp.) bloom on the edges of the meadows and in the thickets. Like monkshood (Aconitum sp.) and Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens), larkspur was grown in the ironworks mansion's gardens in the 19th century.

The forest types along the banks include coniferous, mixed, and deciduous as well as herb-rich forests. The spruce and birch dominated herb-rich forests have a lot of large aspen trees (Populus tremula) and some large goat willows (Salix caprea). These are important for the conservation of biodiversity, as they provide habitats for various species that are becoming increasingly rare. Heath forests and herb-rich forests surrounding the Kurimonkoski rapids will be left to develop in their natural state.