Korean pine: cut or let off? Who is against including Korean pine into the Red List of Primorye
The appeal of the Primorye Association of Timber Producers and Exporters, and JSC “Terneiles”, the leading logging company in Primorskii Province, states that including Korean pine into the Red List will in fact stop the whole timber industry in the Province.
WWF-Russia, leading scientists of the Far Eastern Academy of Science, being members of the Interagency Commission on rare and endangered flora and fauna species of Primorye, regard this concern groundless.
According to WWF-Russia, there are no enough reasons to trust loggers’ promises to “voluntarily refuse to commercial cut Korean pine in the leased territories” and try to protect the tree through “increasing in control during logging operations, and consolidation of efforts of all parties interested in illegal logging fighting”.
“About a year ago logging companies stated quite the opposite: they will not lose the opportunity if the new legislation allows commercial logging of Korean pine, - says Denis Smirnov, head of forest program at WWF-Russia’s Amur branch.- And they has confirmed the words with actions: in 2009, when a crises swept the whole country, the volume of harvested Korean pine timber was the biggest over the past seven years!”
Facts collected by WWF-Russia, Primorskii Province Hunting Department, and Prosecutor’s office of the Krasnoarmeiskii district during joint raids in late March (watch video) testify that right now cutting of Korean pine is going at full speed.
WWF-Russia offers Forestry Department and timber companies of Primorye to put into action suggested by themselves measures for Korean pine conservation and prove their efficiency irrespective of whether the tree is added into the Red List or not.