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Damage of Forests In Khabarovsk Region
December 25, 2014 00:09


Two illegal clearances were found in Mataysky natural reserve in the southern part of the Khabarovsk Territory during the raids of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs organized in conjunction with the Forest Department of the Government of the Territory and WWF Russia. The illegal warehouse with spruces and fir-trees ready for loading was found between the villages Dolmi and Yuzhny.

“At the time of detection of these clearances no people involved in illegal activities could not be found. 517 New Year’s trees ready for transportation were detected in the cutting area. The damage from the activities of the forest thieves makes up about 2 million roubles”- the senior coordinator of forest projects of the Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF Russia) in the Khabarovsk Territory Dmitry Sychikov said.

Fine wood was found in another cutting area. The volume of the cut trees of such species as oak and ash made up 45 cubic meters, the damage caused by illegal logging exceeded 10 million roubles. The agreement on cooperation in the field of sustainable management of forests and protecting them against violations of law has been concluded between the Amur branch of WWF Russia and the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory for over three years. WWF gives tips on buying New Year’s trees.

Contrary to popular belief, it is more environmentally friendly to buy a live New Year’s tree, not an artificial one. The production of artificial New Year’s trees made of plastic which is made of petroleum and metal requires a lot of energy and creates hazardous byproducts. The most part of these trees are made in China and Taiwan, so their delivery to Russia leads to additional emission of greenhouse gases. At the same time real trees are a renewable resource, which is quickly degraded after disposal, unlike plastic.

However, a live spruce is harmless only if it was grown in a nursery or was legally harvested in the forest during thinning of undergrowth, improvement cutting of young trees, under power lines, in the areas of forest designated for logging, etc. “The main thing is not to buy New Year’s trees secondhand. This method of sale almost always means that the trees were obtained as a result of illegal logging” - the head of the Forest Program of WWF Russia Nikolai Shmatkov noted. The trees should be purchased only from organizations - in forestries, on Christmas tree bazaars and in shops. The sellers should be prepared to show the documents for procurement or supply, as well as to issue a receipt of a standard form.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Khabarovsk     

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