The Finnish government is destroying the largest unprotected ancient forests
in Finland. Only 4.4 percent of Finnish forests are classified old-growth
forests. Still a large part of the little that remains is in danger of being
destroyed. In Finnish Lapland the state owned logging company Metsähallitus has
started clearcut logging huge areas of old-growth forests in November despite
the strong national support for protection and several international
biodiversity declarations Finland has signed. Logging and road construction have already started or are being planned in at least six areas.
Lapland's forest wildernesses are some of the largest and most important remaining in
Europe, and Finland and other European countries have zero credibility in
demanding tropical rainforests are protected in developing countries even as
they mop up the remainder of their ancient forest ecosystems and heritage. Once
logged the values that make ancient forests unique are lost forever.
This highly damaging industrial clearcut logging will permanently destroy unique
natural values such as reindeer herding and nature tourism. These forests provide vital carbon
storage in an age of abrupt climate change, and provide other important
ecosystem services such as water retention. As the forests are situated
in relatively high altitude in northern taiga the regeneration of the forests is
also in doubt. Shockingly, these logging activities do not appear economically
viable or sustainable in the long-term
These unique ancient forests with up to 500 year old pine trees are being logged
mainly for pulp and paper. The mills that use the ancient forests are Stora Enso
pulp mill in Kemijärvi, Stora Enso paper mill in Veitsiluoto and Botnia pulp
mill in Kemi. In an evil ecological crime, old growth forests which maintain the
biosphere in an inhabitable condition are being processed into magazine papers,
envelopes and copy paper.
for an immediate end to these outrageous ancient forest loggings. Let the Finnish government
know that the Age of Ancient Forest Logging is over; and that all remaining
old-growth and primary forests must be protected and assisted to expand and restore themselves. Global ecological sustainability, climate stabilization and biodiversity conservation are all dependent upon doing so.
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Clearcutting ancient forests is antiquated, barbaric and ecologically deadly
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