In the Kitee region, there are a total of 75 esker areas with a high nature and landscape conservation value.
This esker area extends over several kilometres and winds its way between numerous ponds in Kesälahti, Kitee. The area covers approximately 104 hectares of land. Spotted cat’s ear grows in the area, and the bird species include, for example, the red-throated diver. The area is included in the national esker conservation programme and the Natura 2000 network in Finland.
Marjoniemenkangas, part of a rather large esker range, is nestled between the Salpausselkä formations and dotted with numerous ponds. The core element of Marjoniemenkangas is a narrow, steep ridge, reaching up to 15–25 metres, which includes various esker formations. In terms of esker flora, the area is relatively poor. Marjoniemenkangas is included in the national esker conservation programme and the Natura 2000 network in Finland.